Leighton Baines believes that there is one player key to Everton’s on-pitch revival.
After a poor start to the campaign, with relegation looking a possibility, Roberto Martinez’s men have enjoyed a recent upturn, and Leighton Baines has told the Liverpool Echo that there is one key figure behind this revival - Aaron Lennon.
The 30-year-old said: “Before Saturday, his work-rate had, in some respects, been the catalyst for us to get the results.
“It is infectious but it is also encouraging when you see someone who is renowned for his attacking threat working so hard, it makes the other lads want to match that. He has been infectious.”
Lennon signed on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window, and is set to stay with the Toffees until the end of the campaign.
Having endured a torrid start to the season, it was only following Lennon’s arrival at Goodison Park that the on-pitch situation has improved. They have three wins from their last four Premier League games, and having dropped into the lower echelons of the league table, they now sit 12th and look good for a mid-table finish.
Lennon arrived on Merseyside having been shipped out of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for his inability to fit in a high-pressing system. Generally regarded as something of an attacking outlet with little defensive capabilities, the 28-year-old has shown himself to possess a great work rate and willingness to track back for the Toffees.
His performances have certainly piqued the interest of Martinez, and it would be no surprise to see a permanent deal for the winger in the summer transfer window.
However, if he keeps up his great form to prove his work ethic, Pochettino could just see a future for Lennon at White Hart Lane.