Arsenal legend Martin Keown on Aaron Lennon’s move to Everton from Tottenham Hotspur

Former Arsenal star Martin Keown has his say on Aaron Lennon’s deadline-day loan move from Everton to Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has written in The Daily Mail that the move to Everton could prove to be good for Aaron Lennon.

England international winger Lennon joined Everton on loan from Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day for the rest of the season.

The 27-year-old has been on the books of Spurs since 2005, but he has struggled for playing time under manager Mauricio Pochettino this season.

Lennon could only make nine appearances for Tottenham this campaign, creating nine chances and having a pass accuracy of 85% in the process.

Keown, a former Arsenal defender, has now given his take on the ex-Leeds United star’s move to Everton.

“Yes, it should be for him,” the 48-year-old told The Daily Mail when asked if Lennon’s move to Everton is a good one. “It’s an interesting one because he’s been one of those fast, attacking wide men for his whole career but now he has stagnated slightly.

“The modern day winger is so flexible… Often playing wide is just a starting position for wingers, where Lennon often hugs the touchline. He has not developed that side of his game as much and he needs to show more, but he can do that at Everton.

“He is rapid and it will be interesting to see how Martinez uses him. He’s more than capable of staying wide and knocking in crosses for Romelu Lukaku, but Martinez likes to play so he will have to be more involved in link-up play too.”

Lennon has got abundance of pace, which is a key part of his game, but he simply does not have skills or the flexibility that top wingers have.

It is due to his pace and quick feet that the Englishman was so highly rated earlier in his career, but he has struggled to lift his game beyond that.

Of course, having pace and putting in crosses is hugely important for any winger, but if one does that all the time, then one becomes one-dimensional and the opposition defenders are not caught by surprise.

And that’s exactly what has happened with Lennon. He has been found out.

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