Lennon hands Tottenham injury boost but can he get back into the team?

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Aaron Lennon’s return to first team training is an undoubted positive for Tottenham Hotspur.

Andros Townsend will now have to occasionally look over his shoulder because one of Tottenham’s primary wingers is back in training.

Pictures from the Tottenham Hotspur website yesterday showed Lennon playing a full part in first team training which now creates three problems of a positive nature for the club.

Andre Villas-Boas has to quickly decide how Lennon will be used over the coming weeks, Lennon himself has to try and find ways back into the first team and Andros Townsend has to produce the consistency to retain his place at right midfield.

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As far as AVB is concerned, he has a fairly simple job when it comes to getting Lennon back into the side.

He could be used as a sub this weekend as Spurs travel to Aston Villa but a couple of appearances from the bench will slowly allow Lennon to get his fitness levels back to where they should be so he’s ready to start.

The temptation will be to play him straight away considering how narrow the side looked at times in the defeat against West Ham United but pushing him too hard too quickly could produce a recurrence of his ankle problem.

Lennon may just have to accept that he’s not going to get his right midfield slot back while Townsend is producing such good form but that doesn’t mean he can’t get back into the side.

Lennon can be used down the left, an area where Tottenham don’t have an obvious choice in terms of a winger to play there.

Lennon is skilful enough and quick enough to be able to control that side of the pitch, making the most of space out wide but also cutting in onto his stronger right foot to take shots on goal.

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As far as Townsend is concerned, it’s just a case of keeping his head down and continuing to work hard.

He and several others will be surprised by the impact he’s made so far this season for both club and country and it won’t be too long before sides start to develop ways and tactics designed to keep him quiet.

His challenge isn’t how he’s going to keep Lennon out of the team, it’s how he’s going to reinvent himself to stay effective when teams counter the way he’s playing at the moment.

There are so many different ways that Townsend is capable of playing, it shouldn’t be a problem for him and if he’s successful in the face of being challenged, he should have enough to retain his first team place for as long as he’s at the club.

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