Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas hails ‘wonderful’ Aaron Lennon
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas heaps praise on winger Aaron Lennon for a "wonderful" season
Andre Villas-Boas has heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur’s Aaron Lennon after the winger’s “wonderful” contribution to their season.
The 26-year-old has been a regular starter on the right wing for Champions League-chasing Spurs, with the England international and Gareth Bale regularly thrilling the north London side’s supporters.
The Leeds United youth graduate is set to return to the Spurs side for the trip to Wigan Athletic after recovering from a knee injury, and Villas-Boas hailed Lennon’s performances this term.
“He has had a wonderful year,” said Villas-Boas.
“He has scored in some wonderful games, is a player that helps offensively and defensively, he has great responsibility and he has had a couple of games as a captain which is also important for him.
“He has been great throughout despite a couple of injuries.”
Villas-Boas also believes Lennon has made strides in terms of the development of his overall game, with the midfielder proving to be one of the most consistent assist makers in Premier League.
“I think he has developed his game,” added Villas-Boas.
“He has developed his diagonal balls, his passing, his crossing, and we’ve seen him finishing situations more often this season. That comes through training.”
And the Tottenham manager urged Lennon and the rest of his Spurs squad to pick up from where they left off against Manchester City at 18th-placed Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
“We fought very, very hard against City. It was a game we needed to win to keep us in the battle,” he added.
“It gave us a tremendous boost of confidence. To transfer it to the Wigan game is our objective.
“The opponent is completely different, they are involved in a different battle and only if we are able to transfer that motivation will we be able to get the three points.
“I think probably out of these remaining games the Wigan game could be the decisive factor for our run in.”
Tottenham are currently in fifth position, two points behind third-placed Arsenal in the race to secure Champions League football next season.