Everton winger Aaron Lennon is determined to remain a part of the first-team set-up at Goodison Park and is hoping the Toffees' hard-fought win over Watford will prove to be the turning point in the club's dreadful season.
David Unsworth recently restored Lennon to the Toffees' starting line-up after the former Tottenham star was seemingly cast aside by manager Ronald Koeman during the opening stage of the season.
Lennon's career was severely disrupted earlier this year after he was detained under the Mental Health Act amid concerns over his wellbeing, but the 30-year-old has since recovered from his stress-related illness and is now solely focusing on playing regularly for Everton, who will hope to build on their dramatic victory over Watford when they face fellow strugglers Crystal Palace on Saturday (18 November).
"My aim now is to play as much as possible," Lennon told Everton's official website. "I will keep working hard and, hopefully, the gaffer will pick me. I am ready to play.
"I have enjoyed every moment here. I am only 30, so certainly have no intention of hanging up my boots yet! I feel physically good. I have loved every moment of being here and, hopefully, it will continue. I want to play for a long time."
"We have some great players here. We brought in some good players in the summer. I have loved every minute of it and, hopefully, I can continue to play for Everton.
"That winning feeling does so much for the team. We had lost a few games on the bounce and the dressing room was a bit flat and down.
"Straight after the Watford game, the dressing room was a different place. It will give the lads a lot of confidence and, hopefully, we can kick on and get up the table where we belong."
Lennon fully intends to stay for a place at Everton, but his teammate Davy Klaasen may put an end to his Goodison Park nightmare in the January transfer window. Super Lig outfit Fenerbahce are interested in signing the Netherlands international on loan in the winter transfer window, according to Turkish outlet Sporx, but they will need to pay a €2.5m loan fee in order to prise the former Ajax captain away from Merseyside.
Fenerbahce official Hasan Cetinkaya has reportedly met with Everton executives to discuss a potential deal for Klaassen, who has failed to make any sort of impression since joining from Ajax in the summer. The £23.6m acquisition has started just three Premier League matches for Everton this season and has only been afforded 45 minutes of action since the end of September.