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BIG FUTURE AHEAD

Posted on 27 April 2006  - 12:00

Robbie Keane believes Aaron Lennon will have a big part to play in the footballing future of both club and country.

Robbie Keane believes Aaron Lennon will have a big part to play in the footballing future of both club and country.

The jet-heeled winger has captured the imagination in recent games and is likely to be giving full-backs sleepness nights over the prospect of attempting to contain his seering pace, movement and an ever-improving final delivery.

"He is fantastic and will be great for the future of club and country," said his captain in the last two games. "He is a tremendous player.

"Aaron is such a good lad as well, really good to have around the dressing room, very down to earth and from a good background.

"The difference in him from a few months ago is exceptional, you forget he has just turned 19. He is exciting to watch, fans want to see players like him, ones that can beat opponents - and he is so quick.

"He is great to have in the team and a great outlet."

An outlet capable of operating at such speed that it must be a big ask for the other attacking players to catch up with him on the break.

"You know what he is going to do when he gets the ball so you just get yourself in the box," added Robbie by way of an answer. "This is his first season in the Premiership and, if the World Cup was next year, he would be in with a great chance."