Aaron Lennon says that one of the reasons for his improved goal record is the manager Roberto Martinez has been encouraging the player to take up better positions in front of goal.
Up until now, Lennon has always been viewed as a goal creator rather than a scorer. Due to his impressive pace, the England international is often able to get past fullbacks with relative ease. This allows him to put the ball into a dangerous area for the strikers to head. This style of play meant that Lennon has only five goals as his best ever scoring record in a single campaign.
This record was just broken after his goal against West Ham United at home. Even though this goal did not bring any returns to the club in terms of points, it has given him the satisfaction of breaking this record. Lennon says that he has not been playing much this season, but there is much more satisfaction compared to his days at White Hart Lane. The 28-year-old has made 21 appearances in all competitions for the blues. Even though this kind of form is unlikely to see him get back into the national team anytime soon, Lennon is grateful to Martinez for reviving his career to some extent.
“I’ve enjoyed the whole season, even when I wasn’t playing that much. I’m just buzzing to be back here. The manager gives the wide players freedom. He’s always telling me I have to get in the box if the ball is on the opposite side and, thankfully, I’ve managed to get a few of late.When your manager gives you a licence to do that, you’re going to get chances,” said Lennon. After completing 90 minutes against Arsenal last weekend, Lennon will be hoping for more opportunities against the top teams.