Aaron Lennon says working with Sam Allardyce and his meticulous backroom team is helping him rediscover his best form.
The winger, 30, has featured in all four league games played since Allardyce took charge last month and had a role in two of the goals as the Blues came from behind to defeat Swansea City 3-1 on Monday.
That followed impressive showings in the 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town and 1-0 victory at Newcastle United, either side of a second-half cameo as Everton took a point from the Merseyside derby at Anfield. And Lennon, who initially regained his place under caretaker boss David Unsworth, believes a run of games - and the good advice he is getting from Allardyce and his staff - is contributing to him playing some of his best football since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in 2015.
“He [Allardyce] has been great and so have all the staff who have come in,” Lennon told evertontv. “They’ve been showing me clips on how to improve and the spaces to get in and where to run and so on. They’ve really helped me since they came in.
“I think my fitness is getting up there now. I feel sharper, I feel stronger in the games, personally I just feel a lot better in the games, and I think I’m playing well again.”
Lennon was greeted with a passionate Goodison ovation as he walked off to be replaced by Ademola Lookman 11 minutes from the end of Monday’s win.
He insists the support of the Blues faithful has been a constant fillip during his time on Merseyside and another contributing to his recent improved displays.
“From the moment I got here, they’ve been great for me,” the England international added.
“And not just me, the team as well. I’ve always said, even before I signed for Everton, that Goodison was always one of those great places, and the crowd is one of the best I’ve played in front of.
“You just try to play as well as you can and hope to play every game. I’ve managed to get a good run of games now and hopefully it continues.
“As a team, we’ve picked up some great wins, a great draw against Liverpool as well and confidence is coming back.
“I think you can see that in the performances and, definitely, we’re getting better and better each week.”
Considering what he has been going through outside of football, he is managing to make a good impression on the pitch - I like his forward runs and he is winning us penalties through his nimbleness around the box.