Tottenham have broken their club transfer record to bring the Argentine attacker to White Hart Lane, casting doubts over Lennon’s future.
Spurs’ summer splurging continued yesterday with confirmation of Erik Lamela’s record acquisition from Roma, with Christian Eriksen not far behind him. The moves show real ambition from the north London side in what will be a new-look Spurs team this term.
A number of casualties of progress have been recorded – the likes of Scott Parker, William Gallas and Tom Huddlestone leaving White Hart Lane this summer after seeing their opportunities to play limited. A number of other members of Andre Villas-Boas’ squad must also be looking over their shoulder, with Aaron Lennon one of the players with his future in a state of flux.
The England international winger has played a significant role in the club’s progress over the last number of seasons and has epitomised the speed and energy that the club’s counter-attacking style represents. However, with Lamela’s signing, Lennon is no longer guaranteed a place in the Spurs line-up when fit.
Lennon’s play is all centered around his blistering pace, which has terrorised defences up and down the land over the last number of seasons. The diminutive wideman chips in with a few goals now and then, and has been virtually an ever-present when available.
Tottenham are evolving however, and Lennon must offer more than sheer pace if he is to play a role in the team’s progression. Villas-Boas is intent on bringing players with physical attributes to the club, but these international stars also have excellent technique.
Lennon’s end product has been a source of frustration for the White Hart Lane faithful in his time in north London. The former Leeds wideman is capable of delivering pinpoint crosses and balls into the strikers, but is consistently also guilty of being wasteful when he gets into good areas.
Lamela is quick, maybe not as quick as Lennon, but his technique and end product will be something that Spurs will rely on. The South American also hit 15 goals for Roma last term in Serie A, and immediately looks like a more-rounded option that his predecessor.
Lennon is certainly unlikely to leave the club in this transfer window, but can expect his time on the pitch to be severely limited following Lamela’s arrival. Like Jermain Defoe, Lennon will make an excellent impact substitute, with the ability to change a game if Spurs need a hit of pace and urgency.
Despite this, the new-look Tottenham’s evolution will mean that Lennon is no longer a key man for the club and will need to hit a run of form in training to be considered most weeks for inclusion in Villas-Boas’ starting XI.
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