Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has praised Everton winger Aaron Lennon for his performance in the Premier League win over newly-promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.
Lennon played 71 minutes as Everton recorded a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory at Goodison Park in new manager Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of the club.
It was 20-year-old striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin who took most of the praise for his energetic display, but Nicholas insists 30-year-old Lennon also played his part.
“Lennon was also decent today. He got a really good response when he came off,” said Nichols told Sky Sports.
“He linked in for the couple of goals, was tidy, did his hard yards going back also but tried to make things happen.
“I think he was one of the real positives for Everton in an attacking sense and the fans appreciated that.”
Everton took a little while to get going on Saturday afternoon but took the lead shortly after half-time through Gylfi Sigurdsson before Calvert-Lewin added a second on 73 minutes via the aid of a huge deflection.
The result means that Everton have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this season and sees the Toffees climb to 10th place in the table, eight points above the relegation zone.
Everton would have fallen into the bottom-three if they lost to West Ham United on Wednesday, but the Toffees produced their best performance of the season so far to beat the Hammers 4-0.
Allardyce was appointed the club’s new manager on Thursday when he replaced Ronald Koeman, who was sacked in October. The former England boss signed an 18-month contract at Goodison Park.