Ok, so Darren Bent scoring 4 times at a Championship side doesn’t do a lot to ease the pain of losing your club’s Player of the Year for 3 of the last 5 years, but it does give us a ray of hope.
At Norwich last night, Bent played in a lone role with Giovanni Dos Santos in behind. This is the type of position Bent was so successful with at Charlton and I feel it’s the kind of formation that could serve us very well away from home, an area which has cost us Champions League football in recent seasons.
The common conception is that Bent is a bit of a joke but I truly believe he still has a lot to offer us. The price tag was over the top when Spurs signed him but his record for the previous two seasons was second to none, especially considering he achieved it at a lesser club like Charlton.
It does seem like any mistake made by a Spurs player is highlighted and blown out of all proportion. Robbo, Kaboul, Dawson and Bent all got slammed last season for admittedly stupid errors but at the same time errors that would be quickly forgotten at most other clubs.
Hopefully Bent can get a run of games under his belt and get that confidence back that he seemed to exude before being burdened with the £16.5m man tag.
Line up v Norwich
Gomes, Gunter, Gilberto, King, Dawson, O’Hara, Jenas, Zokora, dos Santos, Modric, Bent. Subs: Jansson, Bale, Huddlestone, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Taarabt, Berbatov.
Goals from last night