Leeds United are interested to sign former youth team player Aaron Lennon in the summer, it has been reported.
Lennon’s current contract with Burnley runs till 2020, and he is currently nursing a knee injury that might see him miss the rest of the campaign.
Leeds, however, are want to sign the winger in the summer, according to the Sun.
Lennon moved to Burnley in January 2018, and has made 36 appearances for the club since then.
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Leeds were beaten by Norwich City recently, but are still on course to make it to the Premier League.
The Whites have a pretty inexperienced squad, and the addition of someone like Lennon would improve the squad.
Lennon made 16 appearances in the Premier League before his injury, but managed just one goal and an assist as Burnley struggled in the first half of the season.
The 31-year old was perhaps at the peak of his prowess while at Tottenham as his burst of pace and change in direction was very efficient in one vs. one situations.
When on song, Lennon is a hard player to stop as he can stretch defences and put in a mean cross into the box.
But of late, his consistency hasn’t been the same as he has lost a bit of pace. Speed has always been Lennon’s strength, and if you take that out of his game, he loses his effectiveness.
Lennon has to be given a lot of credit for turning his Everton career around after a battle with depression, though, and the injury at Burnley has perhaps come at the worst possible time.
The former Tottenham man is suited to a counter-attacking style, but his energy on the pitch would sync in nicely under Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics.
Leeds have a very talented player in Jack Clarke who is perhaps a younger version of Lennon. Clarke has enthralled fans with his ability this season, but is still very young, so the need to sign someone experienced is imperative.
The Whites are likely to get Lennon on cheap, but he isn’t someone who would improve the team vastly considering his powers are on the wane.