Everton manager Roberto Martinez has explained to the Liverpool Echo the quality in Aaron Lennon, which is rubbing off on his teammates.
Lennon has made a positive impact at Goodison Park after he linked up with the Toffees after a loan move from Tottenham Hotspur last winter and Martinez has described what he’s been impressed by in the wide man.
“The work-rate Aaron Lennon has, has been a massive influence, along with the pace that helps him get into certain positions,” said Martinez.
“That has been infectious and is really helping the team. You seem him going into goalscoring positions and using his talent and creativity in the final third.”
Everton have not had a great season, but Lennon coming in as a determined player with a point to prove has helped other members of the squad raise their performance levels to the benefit of the team.
It’s still unclear whether Lennon will earn a permanent move to Everton over the summer, but he’s doing himself no harm at all with two goals in his last three games.
His pace helps his Everton teammates for obvious reasons because it puts opponents onto the back foot and allows him to get into good positions to create chances, as well as giving him the option of exploiting sides on the counter attack.
Everton should be aiming for the top half of the table over their remaining games and if Lennon can continue working hard and making the most of his natural assets, along with consistent efforts from the rest of the squad, that’s not an unrealistic aim.