Harry - Spurs let Lennon down

21 March 2009 12:16
Harry Redknapp has criticised his Tottenham predecessors for not helping the likes of Aaron Lennon improve as a footballer.[LNB] The Spurs boss has turned things round for the Londoners, who were lagging in the bottom three at the start of the season.[LNB]One player who has been in fine form of late is winger Lennon, whose three goals in the last four league games has promoted talk of a return to the England setup.[LNB]But his club manager has taken a swipe at the former setup at White Hart Lane insisting the 21-year-old could be even better if had he been coached properly.[LNB]"He has that pace and skill but I don't think he has really been taught how to receive the ball and get the ball," Redknapp said.[LNB]"I spoke to him about getting behind people. When he runs behind, even if the ball doesn't come, full-backs are aware and drop off.[LNB]"Lots of players haven't been coached over the years, they play and do what they did as kids and then you step up a level. That's why there aren't that many top wingers, you get marked out of the game."[LNB]BentleyRedknapp also questioned Spurs' decision to bring in another right winger last summer in the shape of David Bentley.[LNB]Bentley arrived from Blackburn last summer in a £17 million deal, but has struggled for consistency his switch and Redknapp added: "They couldn't have fancied Lennon that much to have signed Bentley. [LNB]"Why would you sign two wide-right players? Strange, isn't it?"[LNB]Lennon's new contract has effectively warned off Liverpool, who were linked with the winger, and Redknapp wants to build a team around players such as Lennon and Luka Modric.[LNB]"You have to keep your best players to build a team," he said. "If you start selling your Aaron Lennons then you are back where you were at the start of this season.[LNB]"We are in a situation where we are not looking to sell any of our best players this year in the summer."[LNB]Italy snubModric has been reported in Italy as a target for Juventus, but Redknapp said: "I wouldn't see why anyone would want to leave the Premier League and play in Serie A, we're way in front of them and there is no comparison."[LNB]Redknapp feels players such as Lennon need to look at his own nephew, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who will be facing Spurs this weekend.[LNB]"I don't think I've ever managed a team where he hasn't scored against us," Redknapp said.[LNB]"He always scores, always. He has developed into an absolutely fantastic footballer."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports