Recent events at White Hart Lane have rightly concerned Tottenham supporters. Just how will they manage to cope without the goals of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov? Maybe the answer to allay these worries is already at the club?
Before any non-Tottenham fan scoffs at the following suggestion, and they will, it’s worth noting that the man who could solve the crisis has a very healthy scoring record in the Premier League and is scoring for fun as the north London club steamrollers the pre-season opposition. Yes the man in question is none other than Darren Bent.
Outside N17, the former Charlton man has become something of a comedy figure. Indeed, some fans of the club itself may also chuckle at the England international, but the truth is that Bent hasn’t been a flop at the club and the 24-year-old is constantly having to apologise and justify his price tag, something he obviously has no control over. For the record, Darren started 15 games last season and scored eight times, which is hardly a horrendous failure!
He has managed two successive hat-tricks in recent days and, whilst the opposition were not the strongest, it does show that the striker is going about things in a professional manner knowing that now could be the chance to impress Juande Ramos and persuade him that he need look no further than the club’s number 23 to fill the massive void at the club.
Darren Bent has proved first at Ipswich, and then more spectacularly at Charlton, that he can score goals in the Premier League. He managed an incredible 31 goals in two top-tier seasons with the south London club, and that is no mean feat given that the club struggled and inevitably were relegated.
Would it be too far fetched to think he could manage a 20-goal haul at a club pushing for a top six finish? I think he is capable of being the club’s saving grace this coming season, but only if Ramos has faith in him and the Tottenham fans back him 100%, which i believe they will.