Higginbotham admits reported Stoke target Aaron Lennon is the quickest he's ever faced

Former Stoke star Danny Higginbotham says Aaron Lennon is the quickest player he faced.

Former Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham has told the Stoke Sentinel that Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon is the quickest player he faced during his playing days.

The same newspaper recently carried the rumour of Stoke’s interest in signing Lennon and Higginbotham has suggested Lennon would be perfect to link up with his old side.

“Aaron Lennon is a perfect fit for Stoke City if they can get him,” he wrote in his column for the paper.

“I haven’t faced anyone quicker over the first five yards, while his feet were like lightening if he had you down on the by-line and shifted the ball a yard or two to whip over a cross.”

Lennon wasn’t part of the Tottenham squad, which faced Burnley in the FA Cup replay earlier this week with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino seemingly preferring different options across his midfield.

Higginbotham goes on to explain the effect Lennon had on him, which suggests that he could still make a difference if he stays at Spurs beyond the current transfer window.

“I’d get tight to Lennon to stop him turning with the ball at his feet, but my centre half would have to cover me for anything played over the top for him to chase.”

“Straight away you’ve got two defenders making provision for him - that’s the effect Lennon has on a team.”

A potential reason that Lennon appears to have fallen out of favour is Spurs is because of the style and way that Pochettino likes his teams to play.

He seemingly prefers Spurs to build pressure over sides, dominating possession and then pressing to win it back when it’s lost high up the pitch.

In terms of counter attacking, there’s arguably no one better at White Hart Lane than Lennon because of his pace.

However, Tottenham have moved on and while any player with pace is useful, Pochettino now demands more from his players.

It’s also arguable that the boss feels the pace provided by DeAndre Yedlin off of the right hand side is enough to counter for Lennon’s absence, even though the American is a full-back and not a winger.

It will be interesting to see if Stoke can get a deal done in the next two weeks.

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