The foe you know - Everton's Aaron Lennon and Gylfi Sigurdsson
07 September 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Continuing our new feature for 2017-18 entitled ‘The foe you know’, where we look at former Spurs players who now represent this weekend's opponents. Today, Everton's Aaron Lennon and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Aaron Lennon endeared himself to the Spurs faithful with some blistering performances down the right wing over a nine-and-a-half year period at White Hart Lane.
We first got a glimpse of Aaron's talents in 2003 when, as a 16-year-old, he became the youngest player to appear in the Premier League at that time when he made his debut for Leeds United at the Lane in a 2-1 win for us.
In the summer of 2005, after a year in the Championship with Leeds, he joined us and quickly laid down a marker under Martin Jol. By the time the next summer came around, he was representing England at the World Cup. He also played at the same tournament four years later.
At club level, ‘Azza’ is fondly remembered for scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 triumph at home to Chelsea in November, 2006 – our first league win against the Blues since all the way back in 1990. Significantly, he was also part of our 2008 League Cup-winning side, where we also beat Chelsea in the Final (pictured, below).
He continued to excel during the following seasons and maintained a quirky record, whereby we never lost a game in which he scored. That even continued after his time at the Club had come to an end – he scored for Everton against us in January, 2016, but Dele Alli's equaliser ensured a share of the spoils!
In all, Aaron made 362 appearances in our colours, scoring 30 goals, and initially went to Goodison Park on loan in February, 2015, before making the move permanently at the start of the following campaign. We continue to wish him well.
Another popular ex-Spur newly-installed in Everton's ranks in Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Iceland international joined us in 2012 after a successful loan spell at Swansea City from Hoffenheim, having previously spent time with Reading, Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra – the latter two on loan.
He made his Spurs debut on the opening day of the 2012-13 season in a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United but quickly impressed with his stylish play in the attacking midfield areas. He opened his goalscoring account for the Club in a 3-0 League Cup win at Carlisle United in September, 2012, while he also scored a stunning long-range strike against Hull City in the same competition in October, 2013.
Part of the side that reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League in 2012-13, where we were knocked out on penalties by Swiss side Basel, he also memorably scored a last-minute winner at home to Southampton in the Premier League as we came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in March, 2014.
Gylfi left us to return to Swansea in July, 2014, and after three impressive years at the Liberty Stadium, he made a high-profile move to Everton this summer, scoring an incredible goal from just inside his own half in a Europa League trip to Hajduk Split on his first start for Ronald Koeman's side on August 24.
As with Aaron, we look forward to renewing acquaintances with Gylfi this weekend when we travel to Goodison Park. Kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday.