Darren Bent struggled to make an impact during the 58 minutes he spent on the pitch at Pride Park last Saturday. However, the Tottenham striker claims in the Daily Express that he just needs a run of games to prove that he’s worth every penny (or at least some) of the £16.5 million that the club paid Charlton for his services in the summer.
“You don’t become a bad player overnight. Obviously a lot of the things have been said about the price tag, but that’s what Charlton valued me at. I scored a lot of goals for them and it wasn’t me that made the price tag, it was them. Obviously there has been a lot of criticism, saying ‘well, he hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that’.
“But, to be fair, I haven’t had a run of 10 games in the team. I think I’ve started three on the trot, if that. Any striker needs a rhythm to score goals. I had that rhythm at Charlton, which is why I scored a lot of goals. If I was playing every game I’d show people why I was worth the £16m, but, playing 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there, starting one game, you’re never going to be able to show the people why they bought you for that amount of money.”
Now fit again, the frustration of being on the sidelines is acute. Bent said: “I hate it, it’s horrible, I’m a bad watcher, pulling my hair out.”
The former Ipswich and Charlton striker has moved up the striker pecking order at White Hart Lane since the departure of Jermain Defoe, although it’s unclear as to whether manager Juande Ramos rates him or will look to retain his services in the summer. It’s difficult to see him ousting the mercurial Berbatov or the prolific Keane before the season is out.