Aaron Lennon is expected to be ruled out of the match against West Brom, which will be new manager Tim Sherwood’s first match incharge of the club. He was appointed as the replacement for Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked after a run of poor results. The team are just a few places below the top four, but they need to recover their form quickly in order to retain their hopes of qualifying for the Champions league. A number of players are struggling to be fit for this encounter and Lennon is one of them.
He was one of the influential players for the club last season, but it has been so far an injury prone season for the England international. Jan Vertonghen and Andros Townsend are some of the other players expected to be sidelined for this encounter. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has said that the squad is feeling confident ahead of the two matches during Christmas. Due to the packed schedule, poor form during this period can leave the team adrift of their ambitions.
Unlike other teams, Tottenham will not be travelling away from home during this time. After the home match against West Brom, Stoke City will be the visitors to White Hart Lane. Lloris is targeting to back-to-back victories from these matches.
“We showed a lot of positive things for the future. It was important to win because now we have two games at home to try to make the difference and try come back into the top four. We have to continue (this form) and work together because the Christmas period is very important,” said the goalkeeper.
The 26-year-old Aaron Lennon has featured in 12 matches this campaign. He has scored one goal in the process. The absence of Gareth Bale makes his presence an important one for Sherwood.