For Tottenham, 2008/09 was as peculiar a season as they are ever likely to experience. Taking only two points out of their first eight league games quickly ended the tenure of Juande Ramos and with it the demise of the continental system the club had been built on since the summer of 2004.
Harry Redknapp came in and got some points on the board but a difficult Christmas and New Year period saw him bring back Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Pascal Chimbonda (as well as new arrival Wilson Palacios), in what proved a successful attempt to steer Spurs away from relegation as they eventually finished eighth. And along the way they made it to the Carling Cup final before losing to Manchester United on penalties.
Aaron Lennon was not exempt from the frustration of that early winless period, but from Redknapp's arrival onwards the little winger was a rare and consistent salvation for a side that had difficult finding an identity in attack.
Into his fourth season at White Hart Lane, Lennon had established himself as one of the club's best and most exciting players. This however, did not deter Ramos from investing heavily in creative midfield positions that summer, with the arrivals of Luka Modric, Giovani Dos Santos and particularly David Bentley threatening the England winger's place.
In addition to those already at the club, the new signings added to a midfield that was now brimming with creativity. On paper anyway. Instead, Spurs struggled to create chances, which made their softness in midfield all the worse.
Redknapp's arrival in late-October saw the latter issue improved, with Jermaine Jenas playing well in one of his best spells at the club and the introduction of Palacios adding a much-needed layer of steel.
And rather than Bentley cementing the right-midfield position as his own, it was Lennon who became the first-choice there. The memorable 4-4 draw with Arsenal, where both had notable shining moments, acted as a decent metaphor for the differences between the two.
Bentley may have scored that superb opening goal, lobbing Manuel Almunia from all of 40 yards, but it was Lennon who was the more noticeable as Spurs seeked to fight back as the Gunners led into the second-half. And though it was not solely him who got them back into the game, it was Lennon who was there pouncing on Modric's saved shot to salvage a vital point at the death.
From that point Bentley was still involved, and doing okay it must be said, but Redknapp was increasingly having to find ways to accommodate him. Lennon meanwhile was playing some of his best football and proving his worth, getting on the score sheet in a vital 2-1 win away at Hull that helped steer Spurs away from the drop-zone.
Probably his best performance, though, came in that Carling Cup final loss. This was Aaron Lennon at his most thrilling, giving the sort of display that has made him one of Tottenham's great entertainers of the modern era. That it came against Patrice Evra, one of the Premier League's best full-backs, made it all the sweeter.
Lennon turned the Frenchman inside-out, near enough every time he ran at him he would put him on the back foot, with his exemplary control and turn of speed torturing the left-back. Getting beyond him he put in numerous, tantalising crosses but Spurs were unable to find the net, and eventually lost a heart-breaker on penalties.