The England international has returned from injury and has looked lively of late – but will he get the nod today at White Hart Lane?
With all the new faces at Tottenham after a summer of transfer excess, you would be forgiven for discounting the importance of Aaron Lennon to the north London club.
With Andros Townsend starring for club and country and the likes of Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela added to Andre Villas-Boas’ contingent, many were questioning what role Lennon was to play.
An early season injury allowed others to feature, but the former Leeds United youth graduate is now back fit and firing.
A lively performance against Aston Villa once he came off the bench was an indicator that Lennon is back to full fitness, while the flying winger was arguably Spurs’ brightest player in the midweek trip to take on Sheriff in Moldova.
Villas-Boas will certainly shake up his pack after the long trip to eastern Europe, but despite playing 90 minutes on Thursday Lennon should be in contention for another start.
Andros Townsend will certainly come back in on the right wing, but Lennon could be considered on the other flank. When he came on against Villa last Sunday the two English wingers played on opposite sides, and it looked to work well.
Other contenders for a start on the left flank include Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is the most likely as he did not play in Moldova and has commanded a starting berth in the Tottenham side for the last number of games. The Icelandic midfielder’s goal threat is a key element to his game, and three strikes this term so far in the Premier League have been invaluable.
Chadli looked bright when he replaced Lamela for the last 30 minutes of the Sheriff game, and created the second goal for Jermain Defoe. The Belgium international’s ideal position seems to be on the left flank, as he looks to cut inside onto his right foot.
If picking on short-term form though, Lennon could well get the nod. The England man has looked lively and a real threat, and Villas-Boas will want to build his fitness back up by giving him consistent time on the pitch.
All-in-all, it is an excellent position for Tottenham to be in, as Villas-Boas has a host of international quality players to pick from in the final third.
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