Everton boss Roberto Martinez has suggested he will waste little time in blooding deadline day loan signing Aaron Lennon.
The Spaniard told Everton TV he is likely to feature against Liverpool, saying:
“It is the perfect baptism in our club. To go into the Merseyside derby is a really interesting start.
“He’s someone who is ready to have an impact in that sort of game.”
Indeed it could be argued that the Tottenham loanee should be drafted straight into the starting XI, given the upturn in assist power he brings to the table.
Lennon has spent much of the campaign on the White Hart Lane periphery, yet he has still provided as many assists as any of Everton’s right-wing residents.
The starboard berth has most often housed Aiden McGeady, with Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas also occasionally pressed into action.
McGeady has set up a modest two Premier League goals all season, a superior total to his two colleagues mentioned.
It’s a total Lennon has equalled.
However the Leeds-born Lilywhite has done so from a whole 595 minutes less football than this his new teammate, action equivalent to more than six full matches.
Lennon is 67/100 to make over 4.5 assists for Everton this term and it’s easy to see why given his totals over recent campaigns.
Last season McGeady was credited with setting up a single league goal for a fellow Toffee in 16 outings.
Meanwhile the Tottenham speedster laid on five in what was a difficult campaign for all at the Lane.
The two seasons preceding 2013/14 saw Lennon contribute even more weighty set-up totals of eight and seven respectively.
Everton’s leading scorers Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas must be licking their lips at linking up with such a provider as part Martinez’s front three.
The Toffees are 11/5 outsiders to beat Liverpool at Goodison Park, despite their rivals being involved in midweek FA Cup replay action.