Martin Jol loves his attacking football. This time a year ago, he had acquired Darren Bent from Charlton, and was seriously considering a system whereby the player could line up in a three-pronged attack with Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, perhaps bringing on Jermain Defoe for extra spice and gung-ho attitude.
Sadly for Dazza, it didn’t take long for the Dutchman to get his marching orders, and Juande Ramos quite sensibly reverted to a more defensive formation. Bent managed just a handful of league starts for the North London club and it appeared that he would be moving to another Premier League club in the summer. However, Setanta report that there’s now an opportunity for the former Ipswich man to stake his claim for a first-team place after bagging four goals against Norwich on Monday night.
“When you lose a player like Keano it’s disappointing, he had five great years at Tottenham,” Bent told Setanta Sports 1.
“Obviously I feel like I can fill the void and hopefully given the chance I’ll be able to do it.
“You have always got to be ready, when you have got people like Keano and Berba in your team you are going to struggle to get in, but as long as when I’m called upon I can do what I do then I’m happy.
“Obviously I didn’t play an awful lot last season but when I get on the pitch I try to do the best I can and it paid off.”
With Gus Poyet reporting that the striker has been ‘fantastic’ in pre-season, will Juande Ramos give Darren Bent a chance to show Tottenham fans what he’s all about next season? Perhaps selling Keane will work out as a good bit of business, £20 million for a 28-year-old whose best years are potentially behind him. Especially if Dazza can do the business.