Shocking Aaron Lennon stats suggest a change in position for Everton's Tottenham loanee

The winger simply looks to be incapable of crossing the ball.

Yesterday saw Everton hand a full debut to Tottenham loanee Aaron Lennon against Chelsea and it is fair to say, he did not impress.

Defensively he certainly earned his keep. Nobody can say he did not work hard for the team as he constantly tracked back with Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta, so kudos for that. But he was not signed for his defensive capabilities - he was signed to create goals.

Yesterday, against Chelsea, he never looked remotely likely to create a goalscoring opportunity for Everton. As with his time at Tottenham Lennon's crossing last night was atrocious. It is not only that his crossing is bad, it is his inability to see when a cross is on.

It does bring up the question, is Lennon actually a winger?

He has all the physical attributes to play out wide. He is lightning fast, tricky and nimble but his final ball, his end product, is poor.

Opta stats show that in the last four Premier League seasons Lennon has attempted just 205 crosses from 95 games. In that time he has only managed 46 accurate crosses, that is almost one every two games. For a 'first-class' winger, that is not good enough.

  PositionTeamTotal CrossAccurate CrossGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Aaron Lennon MF Tottenham / Everton 205 46 17 95 6,986

If you look at Lennon's peers, that is a very poor showing. Of players who have played a similar amount of time in the same period - the likes of Antonio Valencia, Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, and James Milner - Lennon's attempted crossing and accurate crossing pales in significance.

  PositionTeamTotal CrossAccurate CrossGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Antonio Valencia MF Man Utd 508 109 23 105 7,728
Gareth Bale MF Tottenham / Real 481 110 15 74 6,522
James Milner MF Man City 427 85 18 111 6,314
Theo Walcott FW Arsenal 378 70 22 87 6,114

But his assist total still adds up. 17 from that amount of accurate crosses suggest that he does have an eye for a pass and with his pace and footwork maybe the 27-year-old has been playing in the wrong position his entire career. Perhaps Roberto Martinez should move him inside at Everton.

Lennon running off of the pace and power of Romelu Lukaku up top, that is a frightening thought and judging by what the statistics tell us about the woeful crossing record of Lennon - playing out wide is simply not his thing.

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