'Lennon and Bale will cause carnage together for Spurs'
HARRY Redknapp admits he cannot wait to field Aaron Lennon and man of the moment Gareth Bale in the same side. Lennon has missed all of 2010 through injury, and has had to watch Bale's sensational progression since the turn of the year...
By Ben Pearce
HARRY Redknapp admits he cannot wait to field Aaron Lennon and man of the moment Gareth Bale in the same side.
Lennon has missed all of 2010 through injury, and has had to watch Bale's sensational progression since the turn of the year from the sidelines.
Now Lennon is nearing his much-awaited return to action, and Redknapp admits he is dying to unleash both of his widemen on the Premier League.
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The manager said: "I think we'll only keep improving. I think we have got players here who are improving. What an exciting prospect Gareth Bale is for the future. We've got Lennon to come back and then look at the pace we've got down the sides. I think it's going to be good.
"We've had Lennon out since December and he is a vital player for us. He has pace, he does what [Theo] Walcott can do for Arsenal. Lennon scares defences and, as for Bale, is there a better left-back in the country?
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"We've got a lot of players who can only get better, like Lennon and Huddlestone, and certainly next year we'll be closer [to the top] again.
"Aaron's sore again. He's come out in training and felt a bit sore afterwards, so I don't know when he'll be back. We just have to keep our fingers crossed. It's been a long time."
Lennon has missed Tottenham's last 21 games after limping out of the 2-0 win over West Ham on December 28, five days before Bale re-emerged as a Tottenham star.
The Welsh full-back started against Peterborough in the FA Cup third round on January 2 - initially deputising for the injured Benoit Assou-Ekotto - but has kept his place and started every game since the turn of the year.
In the first half of the season Tottenham launched most of their attacks down the right flank, looking for Lennon at every opportunity.
But now the focal point is Bale, who has proved equally effective at getting into the six-yard box on the other wing. Like Redknapp, Spurs fans are eager to see the pair operating in tandem - a very rare sight in recent times.
Lennon and Bale have only started one match together this season, the Carling Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on December 1.
And the last time Redknapp named them both in his starting XI in a league match was 15 months ago, back in January 2009 in the 1-1 draw with Portsmouth at White Hart Lane.