Aaron Lennon 'deserves a special mention' says Tottenham team-mate Scott Parker

Winger has been outstanding in recent matches

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker believes team-mate Aaron Lennon is playing the best football of his career as he inspired Spurs to a 3-1 win over Reading on Tuesday.

Lennon was in scintillating form against the Royals as Spurs eased to victory without the talismanic presence of Gareth Bale on the opposite flank.

The 25-year-old Lennon has been impressive of late and Parker feels he poses a huge threat to opposition defenders.

When asked if he felt Lennon was playing better than ever, Parker said: "I think that's a fair comment. Over the last four or five weeks he has been unplayable really.

"He was at a different level (against Reading), not just his raw pace and his threat on and around the ball but his work rate was something very special.

"I couldn't think of anything worse if I was a full-back as him running at me. I'm sure every full-back out there has the same feeling really, he deserves a special mention - he has been brilliant."

One criticism of Lennon earlier in his career was the quality of his delivery into the box, but Parker reckons you can now see the results of plenty of time on the training ground for the former Leeds man.

"You can see that (he has been working on crosses)," he said.

"The amount of times he gets to that byline and he set up the goal (against Reading). He probably could have set up another couple if it had fallen for the right people. He has certainly added that to his game which is pleasing."

Bale has been the key man for Spurs in a number of games this season but Parker feels Lennon is due just as much praise as the Welshman.

"Everyone knows what qualities we have out wide," he said.

"Certainly Bale and 'Azzer' (Lennon) have been top of that really. I think Gareth is a fantastic player and sometimes gets all the headlines but certainly Azzer has been key to that as well."

Parker was introduced into the match by Andre Villas-Boas with just over 20 minutes to go as he continues his comeback from injury.

The 32-year-old required surgery on an Achilles problem following Euro 2012 but is now getting back to full fitness.

"I didn't think I would be out for as long as I was to be honest, but I always thought I would get back to where I need to be and it's just about hard work now," he said.

"My Achilles is fine. I just need to put in some game time and get some good training under my belt to get match fit."

Reading defender Adrian Mariappa still believes the Berkshire club have enough time to pull themselves out of trouble, despite languishing in 19th place in the table.

"I am not really looking at the league table," he said. "I'm just taking every game as it comes and we are trying to get as many points as we can. I will start looking at the table in May.

"The media have written us off but we were written off even before the season started, so we are confident we can put together a few decent results."

Reading have already done some business in the January transfer window after completing a move for Sporting Lisbon utility man Daniel Caricco.

They now appear to be close to a deal for Central Coast Mariners midfielder Tomas Rogic, with the A-League club's chairman confirming the talks.

"We have been in discussions with Reading and both clubs are fairly satisfied with what's on the table, and now it's up to Tom to reach a personal agreement with Reading," he told SBS' The World Game.

"I am not going to say what the figure is but there is an agreement there. Of course we don't want to see him go."

Villas-Boas also appears to be looking to improve his Spurs squad as they continue to chase a third-place finish, with Brazilian duo Willian and Leandro Damiao on his radar.

"We got in touch with Willian [in the summer] and he is one of the players that interests us," Villas-Boas said in the Daily Mirror.

"I like his style, but we could not reach the value Shakhtar were asking. It does not mean we won't try again.

"For Damiao, he had a spectacular Olympics. We follow the best players and youngsters. Leandro fits this profile."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links