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Parker: Lennon has never played better

ESPN staff
January 2, 2013
Aaron Lennon has enjoyed a productive festive period © Getty Images

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker believes his team-mate Aaron Lennon is in the finest form of his career.

After a relatively inconsistent few years, Lennon has found a new lease of life since the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas and has been hugely productive of late.

The winger scored the winner in his side's 2-1 victory at Sunderland before then setting up Emmanuel Adebayor's strike in the 3-1 win at home to Reading, in front of a watching England boss Roy Hodgson.

And Parker, who is currently on the comeback trail at Spurs since recovering from a long-term injury, believes Lennon is "unplayable" at the moment.

"Is this the best he's ever played? Yes, I think that's fair. Over the last four or five weeks he's been unplayable really," Parker said. "He was at a different level [against Reading], not just because of 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 than having him running at me - and I'm sure every full-back out there has the same feeling. He deserves a special mention, he has been brilliant.

"You can see that he's been working hard on his final ball, with the amount of times he gets to that by-line - and he set up the goal yesterday. He probably could have set up another couple if they had fallen for the right people. He has certainly added that to his game, which is pleasing.

"Everyone knows what qualities we have out wide, and [Gareth] Bale and Azza (Lennon) have been at the top of that. I think Gareth is a fantastic player and sometimes he gets all the headlines, but Azza has been key to that as well."

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