Wasn't Lennon bought as backup to him? After he got injured 3 games in Lennon got his chance and tore the shit out of PL fullbacks before going to the World Cup.
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Routledge had one of the best pre-seasons I've ever seen a new signing have for us, I think it was the Peace Cup year, he terrorised everyone we played against, then we signed Lennon and he never got a game.
Poor mis-shapen headed guy.
Actually, Routledge played our opening Premier League match against Portsmouth that season and unfortunately broke his leg.
Aaron Lennon, who was bought initially for our Academy squad, was drafted in to the first team and the rest is history.