Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lennon Tops the Charts with His Teenage Kicks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lennon Tops the Charts with His Teenage Kicks

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Man City 0 Tottenham 2

TOTTENHAM'S travelling fans jumped to their feet en masse to holler his name and give him a standing ovation.

Robbie Keane and Mido momentarily broke off from celebrating Spurs' second goal to clap him off the pitch.

And the final endorsement for Aaron Lennon's turbo-charged performance against Manchester City last night came when he was nearly swallowed up by a big bear hug from his manager Martin Jol as he trudged off following his 84th-minute substitution.

The diminutive 18-year-old was irresistible, not only enthralling viewers with an electrifying man-of-the match performance in the 2-0 win but providing the cutting edge that has been missing from much of Spurs' admirable play in recent months.

The former Leeds winger was the darling of the autumn at White Hart Lane but injuries and Jol's understandable reluctance to overexpose him at such a tender age had limited his appearances of late.

Handed just his second start for the club since October, Lennon gave Spurs old boy Ben Thatcher a torrid time in the wide flanks with his Thierry Henry-esque pace.

Married with a repertoire of tricks, an awareness of what is going on around him and a willingness to keep on running at the opposition and it is easy to see why Sven-Goran Eriksson has tipped him to be an outsider for his World Cup squad.

Jol, mindful of starting a bandwagon for the teenager, says that "we shouldn't get carried away" about Lennon's chance of turning out in Germany.

"There are other players - like Shaun Wright-Phillips. Let him first turn out for the Under-21s. If he is doing well, then you can always have second thoughts."

He added: "Aaron has just turned 18, he is a young player. I always tell him that if he performs then we will do well because he's probably the only wide player, with Wayne Routledge, that we have. …

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