The arrival of a new manager can always help to lift certain players within a squad and that certainly seems to be the case with Aaron Lennon under Andre Villas-Boas. Aaron has been some way short of his best for a couple of seasons but as one of only two players to start every Premiership match, the right winger is clearly vital to AVB’s plans.

His return to form and impact on the team have been highlighted by Scott Parker who described Lennon as a defender’s worst nightmare after the win on New Year’s Day.

“He was at a different level against Reading – not just his raw pace and his threat on and around the ball but his work rate was something very special,” Scott said.

“I couldn’t think of anything worse if I was a full-back than him running at me. He probably could have set up another couple if it had fallen for the right people.”

Parker also highlighted the double wing threat that Spurs provide when Lennon and Bale are both available.

“Everyone knows the qualities we have out wide. Gareth is fantastic and sometimes gets all the headlines but ‘Azzer’ has been key to that as well.”

Aaron Lennon seemed a forlorn figure after the thinly veiled criticism that came from Harry Redknapp after the game in Madrid two seasons ago. A change of manager and he is back to his best – and that can hardly be a coincidence.

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