Lennon To Magpies – Milner to Liverpool – Not Likely!

It’s Sunday again, so it must be News Of The World time, and today the NOTW is saying that Newcastle want Aaron Lennon from Tottenham.


Aaron Lennon- Newcastle interested at £6M?

Kevin Keegan is said to be preparing a £6M swoop for the Spurs out-of-favor winger Aaron Lennon, who can leave the London club this summer.

The Newcastle manager is said to be a fan of the Chapeltown, Leeds born player who played a couple of seasons for his home town team, before moving to Tottenham in 2005 for £1M.

But the NOTW is saying he would be a replacement for James Milner, who is on his way to Liverpool, and we’re not sure that will happen.

Why would Newcastle buy Aaron Lennon to replace James Milner?

That’s hardly a big step forward for the club, and add to that the fact that Milner has been one of our best players for the last two seasons.

The news is that Blackburn Rovers’ David Bentley may be on his way to Spurs, so Lennon will be expendable.

The paper quotes a top Newcastle phantom source as saying:

“Keegan is convinced he can capture Aaron Lennon and revitalize his career.”

“The lad’s disappeared off the radar at Tottenham under Ramos and the fact they are trying to sign Bentley shows Lennon is obviously surplus to requirements.”

“He is from the North, too. He was born in Leeds and coming to St James’ Park would bring him back much closer to home.”

“And being at a club that wants him could be the boost he is looking for to kick-start his career again.”

“He is lightning fast with great skill and likes to bomb forward down the flanks.”

“That is the sort of player that Kevin Keegan loves and the boss is sure that he can get the very best out of Lennon again.”

“It wasn’t long ago that everyone was talking about him as the new David Beckham for England.”

“He burst on to the scene at the World Cup in Germany a couple of years ago and looked a sure bet.”

“But he has found it tough to maintain that form and lost his way with club and country.”

“That is why the gaffer reckons Lennon will jump at the chance to make a change and get his career back on track again.”

How true do we think this is?

It’s difficult to believe the story, and it looks like the paper put 2 and 2 together and got 5, and they don’t really have a good track record either, to say the least.

It makes little sense to us to replace Milner with Lennon – unless we get £9M for Milner from Liverpool, and get Lennon for at least £3M less than that.

Or unless Kevin thinks Aaron will fit his plans better for next season, with his faster style of play than James would.

And we should probably only sell Milner if he wants to move to Anfield.

Aaron is a good player so £6M might be a good cash deal for us, if we still kept Milner.

Why sell our good young players at this point?

Comments welcome.

71 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Why does it make no sense.

    Lennon is better than Milner and if we get 8mil for Milner and get Lennon for 6mil that is tremendous business.

  • Jinal

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah but will Lennon play with the same spirit as Milner?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Who cares, hes better in quality.

  • Jinal

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #4

    How many times have we seen players with great abilities but piss poor attitude?

  • Nathan

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Lennon is shit anyway, all he can do is run fast.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Lennon isnt the hardest worker but he doesnt have a piss poor attitude.

    Give me some evidence of this?

  • valle

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #7

    How can we judge Lennons spirite to be bad… I know Ed loves Milner, but this is being blind. Milner still hast learned when to pass and how to cross so i agree with Tom that this would be great business for us.

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Whoah! Lennon is lightening fast like Martins! That is a good deal to sell Milner for 9million and get a younger winger for 6 million!

  • 51times

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Lennon is so meh

  • Jinal

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Tom_Toon, I can’t find the link but I read somewhere that Lennon had the poorest attitude from a player that Jol had ever seen.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Aren’t you thinking of Defoe?

  • Uatu The Watcher

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #12

    if milner is good, he would have made it to the the national side by now instead of breakin records for the U21s for appearances. Walcott brisk walk himself there coz hes got pace & quality. i love James but the boy did not progress since he got here.

  • Snoop

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed- How could this not be a good bit of business? It’s all well and good for Milner to play with his heart on his sleeve, but that can only take you so far.

    Martins and Zog aside, we have no real pace in this team. Lennon will provide that, but under Keegan you would have thought that he could become a much better all-round footballer.

    I ask you again, how is this a bad peice of business?

  • Jinal

    Jun 22, 2008 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m pretty sure it was Lennon, but anyways, if Keegan can keep him motivated, I’d definately want him.

  • Matthew

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Milner is just average and I’ve seen nothing to suggest he has the quality on the ball that can make up for his total lack of pace.

    Lennon was at his best under Jol when he had Spurs playing a fast, one touch style of football, the same style Keegan will want us to play if his previous is anything to go by.

    It’s a no brainer as to why he’d want to swap the two IMO.

  • Piers

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #16

    I like Milner a lot but yeah TT is right you can’t argue against the money aspect….most of us can agree that Lennon is a better football player than Milner.

  • Tom from Aus

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #17

    I believe that milner is a great player but lennon outclasses him with his pace and his ability to get pass players.

    A move to liverpool would a dream for young James. It would give him the chance to improve and maybe get into the English side.

    Buying lennon for 6m is a good price. He will improve under KK and maybe even get england into Euro in the future. lol

    Last of all are we still getting Arshavin and van der vaart and I was also reading somewhere that KK is interest in getting Joua mountinho????

  • Have you ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #18

    The fact is Lennon can beat his man, has pace and can cross the ball. Milner can do one and not the other. He beats his man then turns round and tries to beat him again. On top of that very little end product beside a few very good crosses/goals throughout the season. This would improve our squad a lot.

  • Daniel Petersen

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m a big fan of James but this would be a good move for the club. The thought of having the pace of both Martins and Lennon on the pitch is an exciting prospect. Hope it happens.

    If we pick up Lennon does this mean that KK is going back to his more traditional 4-4-2?

  • savio

    Jun 22, 2008 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #20

    i9 hope this deal do happen.this guy has got lightning pace.and that will be a great advantage.i really do hope that arshavin would come to nufc.he was the guy who made a lot of difference during that yesterdays match

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 22, 2008 at 5:41 AM

    Comment #21

    lennon is miles better than milner i have to say, just a class above altogether. i say get lennon, and keep milner as a squad player too. milner goes left or right too so thats handy. i remember seenign lennon when that idiot mclaren first took over as england manager and he dropped beckham, i thought lennon was super fast and full of tricks, a real handful. if we can keep is attitude on track then he has got to be a good signing.

  • makkal sakti

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #22

    bentley suck……ashavin and pavluchenko (spell check) is the best….LFC

  • Reformed_Mumbler

    Jun 22, 2008 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #23


    Had the misfortune of bumping into Lennon in a hotel, along with the rest of the Spurs squad a year ago. The bloke refused to sign an autograph for a young lad, threw a tantrum about it (one would have thought Lennon was the ten year old) and embarassed all of his teammates. So much so that Berbatov took the lad (and his dad) to one side, got him to meet the rest of the team etc. He’s well up himself.

    Is anyone else tiring of Benitez’s insidious behaviour? Clearly the man is trying to unsettle Milner (because everyone should just give up their players to Liverpool), perhaps so as not with a view to signing him, but to unsettle him to the extent that Barry (similar tactics) signs for Liverpool, Benitez halts his interest in Jinky Jimmy who then is the subject to a bid from Villa with their newly gleamed Gareth Barry cash.

    BENITEZ! Take your Easter Island head and shove it oop your arse!

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 22, 2008 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #24

    id take lennon over milner anyday of the week, and 6 mill is an absolote steal for an english player

  • John

    Jun 22, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #25

    I agree..Lennn is in a different league to Milner that would be brillant business if we acheived that…8 mill for milner ( ur having a laugh) and then getting lennon for 6 ..Brillant

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #26

    I think neither player is that good to be honest…If we just want pace(with no end product) we may as well just buy an athletics team.

    We are linked with Lennon and Chimpbongo and spurs are linked with Bentley etc…Sad days Lads we have the pulling power of a scabby horse.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #27

    P.S Forget about Arshavin now as well…that will never happen

  • neil inthepeth

    Jun 22, 2008 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #28

    keegan has got the best out of players in the past so would be a great bit of buisness . i dont think it is any coincidance that when milner got injured and was out the side we were a far better team. just because someone can run all game does not make them a great player, his crossing is terrible for a wide man. one good one in a match if your lucky! snap the scousers hands off with anythink near the figures been quoted.

  • ArtyH

    Jun 22, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #29

    Lennon is out of favour at Spurs, so if Kevin wants him I think a silly bid of £4M would test the water. The way things are going its going to be another summer without any sunshine in the North, Ashley is seeing to that!
    Oh and Andrie Arshavin one of our long term targets, well you can forget him after last nights performance, he will go to one of the top clubs.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 22, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #30

    bit off topic, but does anyone else think if ronaldo leaves for madrid he making a huge mistake?

  • seetow

    Jun 22, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #31

    i hope he leaves for madrid..

  • Gooderz

    Jun 22, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #32

    The only difference between Milner and Lennon is that Lennon has the pace to get beyond a man, but he still doesn’t use it effectively or score enough goals.

  • Bucks_mag

    Jun 22, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #33

    i’d prefer swp tp lennon, but i do think he’s a good player

  • mark

    Jun 22, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #34

    what a load of crap. lennon isnt out of favour and isnt on his way to newcastle. i really wish these journos would get the sack when they make up crap. it gets the newcastle fans hopes up and pisses of the spurs fans. then we will think we have been snubbed or wise has f**d it up when it doesnt happen.

    the only 100% news i have heard on newcastle transfer targets this weekend is that kk has spoken to chopra. i know this isnt what people want to hear but there s not a lot of money to be spent. if modric had signed that would have been our transfer budget gone.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 22, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #35

    I cant see why we should have both Lennon and Milner. They are different players, Milner could easily play a more central role, the right side of a midfield 3 seems perfect for him.
    Lennon on the other hand is an out and out winger and it seems a keegan type player, fast and skillful.

    However if we can get 8m plus for Milner (doubt it, Rafa is trying to unsettle him instead) and Lennon for less than 6m then that would be good business.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 22, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #36

    Geordie gerrard………do i think ronaldo is making a mistake by leaving – er, no. howcould he be making a mistake? half a million pounds a month more in basic salary alone. Nice weather, sunny, stunning villa with lovely pool, birds with bikini’s and tits out everywhere. Still in champ league every year and always will be challenging for la liga title too. Nope, i think its the right move for him. I just dont agree with his total lack of respect to manure for what they have turned him into. It shows that no matter how great a player he may become, i dont think he will ever have a good name. he is a shithouse adn its clear for all to see. I am very suprised fergie has stood for it and not packed him off, aka, van the man, stam, heinze etc. he has togo now, he has grown too big for his own boots and will be a massive destabling infulence in the dressing room. He can have all the millions he wants, he’s still scum.

  • joe

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #37

    Is it just me or are madrid buying a team of galacticos again!? Only they are younger this time. I think its only a matter of time they own the european stage again and then go bust in spectacular fashion.


    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #38

    I agree with Bucks mag! would much rather take SWP to SJP than lennon! for 3 reasons
    1) He’s also very quick! and will add much more pace to our side!
    2) He scores more goals form mid!
    3) He’s worked with KK before so will aleady have that respect for the man & will settle in quicker!

    I would take lennon tho if we dont or cant get SWP! personally i dont care if he’s a total Arsehole as long as he does it on the pitch! lets face it, quite a lot of players these days are up themselves & arseholes!

  • Andy1

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #39

    We’re not really in a position to make a big step forward in replacing our players. We’re going to struggle to attract any top players, we all know that. Milner is a decent player but we like him more for his effort than his ability. He will never be a great player, but is the kind you want in your team.

    I’d be worried though that if the interest from Liverpool is real, and we try to stop him going, his attitude will not be as good. If we can make any money from the difference of two tranfers it would be good because, I feel Lennon is probably equally good but has more potential. Milner won’t be able to become really fast or learn how to beat a man, but hopefully Lennon could improve his crossing, which is piss poor.

  • Andy1

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #40

    mark – don’t talk shit


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