Redknapp: Tottenham's wing wizard Lennon is on the verge of greatness
26 March 2009 11:22
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes that Aaron Lennon is on the verge of becoming the complete winger.
Lennon has played on both flanks this season but seems to have settled on the right - a position where England have yet to find a long-term successor to David Beckham. Redknapp said: 'He still has a lot to learn but he's a match-winner. If he keeps listening and keeps learning he'll become an even better player.
'He has pace and skill but I don't think he has ever been taught how to receive the ball. I think people have marked him and kept him out of the game.'I spoke to him about making runs behind people. Even if the ball doesn't come, full-backs will start to be aware that he might start to run behind them, so they drop off and he can get it to feet.
'He sometimes crosses the ball too quickly. You have to judge it and if you hit it too quickly it beats everybody.and he does tend to cross balls across the face of the goal. It's about practising and getting the feel for laying balls into that space.
'But he is adding these things to his game and is getting better.'