Chalkboards: Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend

Michael Regan

Editor: Well, there goes my Tactics Tuesday piece. Thanks Brett. Jerk. Seriously though, nice analysis. Happily promoted to the front.

Though Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon have each started only once for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this season, some differences in their respective playing styles are already evident.

Passes Received

Lennon received 20 more passes in the Crystal Palace game than Townsend received in the Swansea City game.


More interestingly, Lennon received several passes in behind the defense, whereas Townsend was limited to receiving passes in front of the defense. This is almost entirely due to Lennon's relationship with Kyle Walker; the two have developed an understanding that Walker and Townsend do not yet have.



Both Townsend and Lennon failed to make many incisive passes in the final third. Lennon completed a much higher percentage of his passes (88%) than Townsend (78%).


Lennon's crossing in the Palace match, while underwhelming, was better than Townsend's on Sunday.


Townsend's only successful crosses were from set pieces; he had no successful crosses in open play.


Townsend is far more willing to attempt to dribble past his man than Lennon. Townsend completed five of six take-ons, all of which were in the opponent's half...


... and suffered four fouls in dangerous areas.



Townsend took several shots during Sunday's match, all from outside the penalty area.Obufgvf_medium


In the two games compared here, Lennon bests Townsend in his relationship with Kyle Walker, his ability to retain possession through high percentage passing, and his crossing. Townsend, meanwhile, plays a much more direct game, often attempting to take-on his defender and either shoot or draw a free-kick in dangerous areas.

For Sunday's match against Arsenal, both players look like good options. Lennon scored what turned out to be the winning goal in Spurs 2-1 victory over Arsenal in March of this year Townsend, meanwhile, repeatedly dribbled pastNacho Monreal in QPR's loss to Arsenal in May and could find joy in the middle of the park in the absence of Mikel Arteta.

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