It’s a good time to be a Spurs fan these days. After years of being the ‘nearly men’, they finally managed to crack the top four last season, and have since proved they can cut it with the European big guns following their impressive away draw with Werder Bremen on Tuesday night.
Rivals Arsenal are looking pretty tasty so far this season as well. They’re sitting pretty in second after four games, and a wonderful 6-0 thrashing of Braga points to a good season for the Gunners.
But let’s look at individuals. The two lads battling it out for a starting place on the right for Fabio Capello’s England: Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott.
Lennon’s had five years at White Hart Lane now, and has gone from strength to strength in his time there. He’s always been rapid, but has begun to pick out crosses with greater accuracy. There have been grumblings on the Spurs message boards recently, however, that Lennon has lost it a little, following the World Cup. Has Lennon been found out? Gareth Bale has certainly been putting in better performances in Spurs’ pacey winger stakes.
Walcott was perhaps the more highly-rated of the two when he was breaking through at Southampton, compared to Lennon’s early days at Leeds. There’s an argument, however, that Walcott hasn’t quite fulfilled the potential that has been expected of him. This may appear harsh, as the lad’s still only 21. But, as unoriginal an opinion as this may be, the mental side of his game remains undeveloped. All too often, Walcott will pick out the wrong pass, or pass when he should shoot. It’s certainly something that needs work. However, when he’s on form, he’s a joy to watch, as Arsenal generally are when they’re playing well.
Walcott’s stock might be a touch higher at the moment. His lack of association with England’s World Cup campaign, that brilliant performance against Blackpool. But who, ultimately, is the better player? It’s your call.
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