Safety first for Spurs but Lennon still has Euro vision after bashing Boro
05 March 2009 09:47
Aaron Lennon believes Tottenham can make an incredible return to European football after he scored twice in their 4-0 hammering of Middlesbrough.
Should Spurs win their game in hand at Sunderland on Saturday, they will be only five points adrift of seventh place.
That will be good enough to secure a spot in next season's new Europa League - the replacement for the UEFA Cup - if a top-six club wins the FA Cup.
Spurs are still only four points clear of the bottom three but their win over a poor Boro side was so emphatic that Harry Redknapp's men will be confident of pulling away from relegation trouble.
Lennon said: 'Someone said after the game that we weren't far off seventh and it would be unbelievable if we could get that, especially after the start to the season when we had two points from eight games.
'The main thing at the moment is to keep us in the League, but we know we shouldn't be in this position with the players we have at the club.
'Every player is starting to play well. From the goalkeeper to the defenders and midfielders and through to the strikers, everyone is on form.'
The Premier League is so tight that Spurs will be dragged back into trouble if they lose at the Stadium of Light but the players are starting to show again the confidence they displayed immediately after Redknapp took over last October.
Lennon and Robbie Keane, who scored the first goal, were the outstanding performers for Spurs, with the Ireland international playing a significant part in each of Lennon's strikes and when Roman Pavlyuchenko doubled the home team's lead.
Keane was one of three players - Jermain Defoe and Pascal Chimbonda were the others - to return for second spells at the club in January and Lennon believes Redknapp's decision to re-sign the Irishman for £16million from Liverpool was a masterstroke.
The winger added: 'It seems like he has never been away. He is someone who reads my game really well and he set me up for two goals against Middlesbrough.
'He is a great leader and a great player and having him back at the club has given everyone a boost.'
Redknapp believes Lennon now has a great chance of forcing his way back into Fabio Capello's England squad.
The 21-year-old has not played for his country in nearly two years but the Italian was watching last night and Redknapp said: 'The little fella is flying.'