The Tottenham Hotspur speedster started this season in scintillating form with some impressive performances on the right side of midfield for the White Hart Lane outfit, He has been a key reason why Tottenham find themselves within the much coveted 4th Premier League spot. Yet with a recent set back to his groin this week it has cast doubt over his ability to not only get fit for Spurs difficult run in, but whether Aaron Lennon will make Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad.
Harry Redknapp said in his press conference before Tottenham’s FA Cup 5th round Replay with Bolton ‘At first the diagnosis was he could be back in four or five weeks but you never know with these groin problems, they can take time and he has had a couple of setbacks. Aaron is low when he is not playing, and is working hard out on the training ground with the fitness coach, is in the medical room getting his treatment, trying to get himself fit.’
Lennon, who has not played for Tottenham in the whole of 2010, is not only a worry for Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, but Fabio Capello’s meticulous plans for the World Cup in the summer. Aaron Lennon looked to have been making the right midfield position his own not only with his great form before Christmas, but the lack of form and injuries gained by the other candidates.
Theo Walcott for example looks like he is made out of glass and seems to be a particularly injury prone player. His shoulder is a weak point for the talented Arsenal youngster and with lack of game time under Arsene Wenger, Walcott no longer looks the number one choice for the wide position he did twelve months ago. Shaun Wright-Phillips on the other hand is gaining a lot of first team opportunities at Manchester City, but I don’t think he will be on the plane if Lennon and Walcott regain fitness. Whilst Wright-Phillips is a decent Premier League player and his pace causes many defences problems, I would not say he was of international class. Then there is old David Beckham, after his performance in the San Siro for Milan against Manchester United last week, it was evidently shown that he cannot start in big matches anymore. He looked a peripheral figure throughout the 65 minutes he played and offered very little. I do believe Beckham has a place in the team, but from the bench. He keeps the ball well and can change a game with his set pieces; he is a good option to have.
That leaves only James Milner or Joe Cole as outsider’s options. Milner could definitely do the job out there and has been in great form for Villa, but in the centre of the park, not out wide. I also get the feeling Fabio Capello has earmarked James Milner for another position. Left back anyone? Joe Cole could play on the right wing but it’s accommodating a player who is returning from a long term injury and has looked out of sorts. Concerns over his future may be playing on Joe Cole’s mind and he would do well to make the squad.
It’s not looking good is it? Lennon is the best right sided midfielder in the country, by quite a long shot when on form and he needs to be fit. With England’s World Cup hopes looking further and further away with revelations about numerous members’ private lives, Ashley Cole might not be fit and now Lennon may not be fit. We need this boost of Lennon getting back to fitness and form for Tottenham and then ultimately England.
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