The FA Cup win over Chelsea has not only made Everton confident about reaching the semifinals of the competition, but it has also made them fearless according to winger Aaron Lennon.
The former Tottenham man has been getting more first-team opportunities since his move to the Merseyside on a permanent deal in the summer. The 28-year-old has already made more appearances in the league than he did with Tottenham – across all competitions – in his final campaign with the club. The regular first-team football that the player has been getting is starting to show in his end product.
Lennon has never been a prolific scorer. Instead, he has primarily been a creator of chances. It is not surprising that he has never scored more than five goals in a full campaign. However, he has already created his best ever season by scoring six with Everton. He did not score against Chelsea, but he did score in the last two games. The goals against Aston Villa and West Ham have improved his confidence, but it is yet to translate to the whole team. Everton continue to surrender many points as a result of defensive lapses. The latest of the same came in the 3-2 loss against West Ham United during last weekend.
“We don’t fear anyone because we know on our day we can beat anyone.We were at it straight from the off against Chelsea. The lads put in a brilliant performance and we got a great result.It’s massively important for us to use the momentum from last weekend.It will be a great game. Both sides still have a lot to play for – and they will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing result last weekend. But we’ll be ready for them,” said Lennon, who has had no assists so far.