Stats: Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon a definite upgrade for Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa squad

Aaron Lennon

Tottenham's Aaron Lennon has emerged as a target for Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa.

According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa have expressed an interest in signing Aaron Lennon from Tottenham Hotspur. Reports suggest that discussions are underway over a £5 million deal.

It is suggested that Tim Sherwood wants to bring in some British signings after his flurry of foreign arrivals to maintain a balance in the squad and dressing room.

Lennon has just one year left on his contract at White Hart Lane, and despite previously being rated at £9 million by Tottenham, Villa believe £5 million is a fair reflection of his market value.

The Englishman's arrival at the Midlands outfit would create direct competition for Frenchman Charles N'Zogbia, who remains the club's most able player down the right flank. 

Amid speculation, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics from the duo's 2014/15 campaigns to see just how much of an impact Lennon's arrival would have at Villa Park.

 Stats per Game PositionTeamGoalsShot Accuracy (%)Key PassesAssistsDribble Success (%)Successful PassesPass Accuracy (%)Fouls WonAppearancesMins Played
Aaron Lennon MF Tottenham / Everton 0.09 56 1.04 0.09 36.67 15.09 79.77 0.96 23 1,347
Charles N'Zogbia MF Aston Villa 0 22 0.63 0.07 40.98 15.93 80.83 0.59 27 1,429

Having finished the season with two league strikes to his name, compared to N'Zogbia's blank scoresheet, Lennon quite comfortably outperformed the Aston Villa man in terms of his overall success in the final third.

This is perhaps explained by the duo's respective accuracy in front of goal. With Lennon averaging a shot accuracy of 56%, compared to the 22% success rate of N'Zogbia, it is perhaps unsurprising that the former emerges as the more prolific player. 

Lennon also emerges superior creatively. Not only did he fashion more chances per game (1.04 to 0.63), he also recorded more assists throughout the previous campaign (0.09 to 0.07).

However, the Tottenham winger is bettered by N'Zogbia in terms of his dribbling ability, completing 36.67% of his attempts to pass an opponent, compared to the Aston Villa man's 40.98%. However, Lennon was responsible for winning more free-kicks for his side. 

Meanwhile, the duo were almost inseparable in terms of their passing ability. Lennon completed marginally fewer passes per game in the Premier League last season - 15.09 compared to the 15.93 managed by N'Zogbia - while he was again behind by a fraction when it comes to overall accuracy (80% to 81%). 

There is no doubt that Lennon would represent an upgrade on N'Zogbia, not least for his creative ability in the final third. The Frenchman has largely unperformed - while struggling with various injuries - for the Villans since his move from Wigan Athletic, and the Tottenham winger's arrival could provide the competition he needs to improve his level of performance.

At just 28 years of age, Lennon still has plenty to offer a manager who is willing to invest faith in his talents. Sherwood is familiar with the winger from his days at White Hart Lane and a reunion is likely to produce positive results. For just £5 million, he could prove a very astute purchase.

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