Aaron Lennon, 23, is finding life at White Hart Lane very tough currently; his form this season has been somewhat mediocre. The young England starlet has made 16 appearances this season and has yet to register a goal and only has two assists to his name. The arrival of Rafael van der Vaart has not helped either as he has been coming off the bench instead of playing out wide on the right wing. A couple of injury problems have also stalled his season but it’s obvious he is very short of confidence at present.
On his day, the Aaron Lennon who Spurs fans know and love is unplayable. His pace and skill gives left backs nightmares, even the likes of Ashley Cole and Patrice Evra have struggled to deal with him. He has a good partnership with Alan Hutton down the right as they have proved in the past but it is obvious Aaron is struggling.
Throughout the 08/09 campaign he was instrumental and he picked up the Spurs young player of the year as well as the player of the year and supporters’ best player too. Also the beginning of last season he was in the form of his life and he was England’s first choice winger until he picked up a groin injury which kept him out of action for the best part of four months.
The question now is, can Lennon re-capture his best form or will Tottenham decide to cash in on him and bring in some new blood. They have been linked with the lively Ashley Young who is playing very well at the moment and news of Adam Johnson being unhappy at warming the bench at Manchester City has also interested them.
A host of clubs all over Europe will be in the market if he does become available. His England place is also under threat as there are several top quality players in his position. His rivals; Ashley Young, Theo Walcott, Adam Johnson, Shaun Wright-Phillips and James Milner are all talented but I feel he and Johnson are a cut above the rest. They have more of an impact on games and are massive fans’ favourites. Their final ball is better than Wright-Phillips and Walcott without a doubt but the Spurs winger’s consistency must improve.
The form of left winger Gareth Bale has grabbed all the headlines and the pressure is on Lennon to show his class and get back to his best as Harry Redknapp and Tottenham will not hesitate to bring in a replacement.