The former Leeds United wideman put in an impressive performance against United on Sunday.
When Tottenham spent a club record transfer fee on Erik Lamela, and Andros Townsend burst onto the scene simultaneously at White Hart Lane, many, including me, were questioning just what role Aaron Lennon would have this season.
After a frustrating injury kept Lennon on the sidelines, allowing Townsend to become Spurs’ main man on the right wing, just where the former Leeds man fitted in was being asked.
Upon his return from injury, Lennon was forced to play on the left-wing instead of his favoured position – to accommodate Townsend. Despite the former QPR loanee making his debut for England also, Lennon put in a performance on Sunday to suggest that he is ready to fight his way back into the starting team for club and country.
Lennon’s electric pace had experienced, international defender Patrice Evra looking out of sorts against Manchester United, with the 26-year-old arguably Spurs’ most threatening attacking weapon.
Unlike Townsend who repeatedly cuts inside onto his left foot and looks to shoot more than pass, Lennon has the inclination to stay wide and get to the byline and takes up excellent positions off the ball.
The future for Townsend must surely be on the left wing, as Andre Villas-Boas’ inverted winger system is not working. Having both of these flying wingers on their natural sides could well be the answer for Spurs.
Just how well Lennon played was shown when he was substituted in the second-half of the 2-2 draw yesterday to massive frustration from the White Hart Lane faithful.
Going forward, Lennon looks ready to be that spark that Spurs need to start picking up wins and scoring regularly. If he continues to play like he did against United, Roy Hodgson will be keeping a close eye on him for next summer’s World Cup also.
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