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2019 08 13 Retrieve

[Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent believes Everton’s new signing Alex Iwobi lacks the quality to succeed at Goodison Park] I’m an Arsenal fan and I’ve never been Iwobi’s biggest fan. My thing with people has always been quality on the ball. Whether it was his final cross or his shot on goal, it was always under-hit or there was never really any quality there. He’d do the hard stuff, go past someone, and you’d want him to make the right decision, but he never seemed to get it right. I wouldn’t say he’s better than Richarlison because he gives you goals, he’s got a bit more quality

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Darren Bent has slammed Serge Aurier for his performances in Mauricio Pochettino’s team] No, personally, no. Defensively, he’s all over the place, positionally, he’s all over the place. People get in behind him, I don’t think he’s particularly great on the ball – yeah, he scored a great goal the other day which was chalked off but when you look at the right-backs that they’ve had. People aimed a lot of Trippier but you knew what you were getting from Trippier. Technically on the ball, he was very good, positionally he got himself into the right areas. Aurier, he’s powerful, but he’s often left wanting. He’ll break forward and leave that right side exposed, a lot of the time the right centre-half is one-v-one with the wide man. That’s something they definitely need to work on

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Darren Bent says he was upset after Sunderland acquired Asamoah Gyan in 2010] I remember being at Sunderland, scoring 25 goals, then the following season they bring in Asamoah Gyan and it just kind of unsettled me a little bit because I’m like ‘Well, things are going really well here, I’m doing really well, so why do you feel the need to sign someone else, who arguably in that World Cup was one of the best players?’. He was brilliant for Ghana and it kind of upset me a little bit. So I think in that situation you need to leave it as it is, let that play out, and if you are going to bring in players in other areas, be like squad-type players where if you do get injuries, they can come straight back in

2020 01 07 Retrieve

[Tottenham should be looking to sign in-form Southampton striker Danny Ings as cover for the injured Harry Kane, says Darren Bent] If Spurs were to go and get Danny Ings and he was to go and score five or six goals before Harry Kane gets back, I don’t think automatically Harry Kane walks back in the team. You are getting the best out of someone, you are winning games now and you have someone who can stick the ball in the back of the net. I know Harry Kane is important and is one of the world’s best, but he would just have to be patient. How could you change the team that is doing really well, winning games, pushing up the league to accommodate someone. But for me that’s the perfect fit and if Daniel Levy were to get Danny Ings, that would be a great signing.

2020 01 16 Retrieve

[Tottenham urged to sign Barcelona centre-back] If they can get Umtiti, wow. He’s big, strong, powerful and good on the ball, and he’s someone Mourinho can trust. He’s played in big games, won big competitions - obviously the World Cup which is a big one. If he’s been offered, that means he may not cost too much, so I’d snap their hand off

[Another position in which Mourinho is keen to bolster his options is at the opposite end of the pitch, with Harry Kane having pulled up with a hamstring issue that will see him sidelined until April at the very least] We expect him to be out until mid-April, end of April, May, next season. I don’t know

2020 03 17 Retrieve

[Manchester United’s Ighalo reminds me of Papiss Cisse] He’s [Ighalo] holding up the ball really well, scoring goals and very much like reminds me of the Ighalo we saw at Watford when he had that season where he was fantastic, scoring between 15 and 20 [goals] and it looks like he’s got that confidence back. He might go a chunk of games without scoring goals, but once he finds the back of the net, he just goes on a roll. He kind of reminds me of Papiss Cisse. He had that season where he came in and scored goals and everything, he hit like the one at Chelsea, shouldn’t go in but it flies into the corner

I know a lot of people question the signing, but I was always one that said it does make a little bit of sense. They [Manchester United didn’t seem to get hold of anybody and he was willing to come there and take a pay cut from what he was earning [in China]. He’s got pedigree in the Premier League. He’s been up to speed and has been absolutely brilliant. Whether they will keep him beyond this season, I can’t see it, but at the minute, he’s been absolutely fantastic. Everything has gone well for Ighalo. Manchester United have not had to pay much money for him and he wasn’t to be there. He’s spoken about how much he loves Manchester United. He’s been a shining light and someone they [United] needed

[Bent is also of the opinion that Ighalo’s rise and the potential of keeping him at Old Trafford next season will push rising star Mason Greenwood down the pecking order] It might hamper him, maybe a little bit. As far as next season goes [If United keep Ighalo], they’ll have Rashford, Ighalo, Martial, Greenwood and James. That’s five and they never play a front two, it’s always a front three. So you’re going to have Ighalo down the middle, Rashford down the left, Martial really can’t play from the right, so you’ve got Dan James and Greenwood just sitting there

2020 04 12 Retrieve

[The former Tottenham striker cannot see Jack Grealish, the English playmaker, remaining at Aston Villa beyond the end of the current season] I think Jack Grealish has got his sights set on maybe three teams. I would say probably Manchester United, Manchester City, and potentially maybe Spurs. I think they’re the three that are looking at him, and he’s eyeing them thinking ‘I’d like to go to one of them’. I’d probably put Man United at the very, very top of that. If that doesn’t happen and Villa go down, you never know, but for me, he’s got his eye on them

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Darren Bent says Manchester United will not be able to spend upwards of £300 million ($375m) on Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane and Jack Grealish] It’s definitely in the price tag that Villa are going to want for him but you look at Spurs – a young, English, brilliant signing

When you look at teams that are also in for Jack, there’s a lot of talk about Manchester United and I think where Spurs might have the edge is they’re going to have the funds to do it.They’re not really linked with anybody else and I think they can get that done, relatively, quite comfortably.

I’m hearing Manchester United linked with Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane, Grealish. For them to get all those players they’re going to have to spend upwards of £300 million. I can see Spurs being the frontrunners and just getting him. I would say probably Manchester United, Manchester City, and potentially maybe Spurs. I think they’re the three that are looking at him, and he’s eyeing them thinking ‘I’d like to go to one of them’

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Darren Bent says Ryan Fraser would be a great signing for Spurs] It’s another body in the door but where does he [Fraser] fit in? You look at their front three and he could potentially fit in on the right. You’ve got Heung-min Son on the left, Harry Kane through the middle and maybe Fraser on the right, battling with Lucas Moura. It would be a great signing and if you can get him on a free as well, wow, what a signing that would be. If I’m Spurs I’m going all out to get that type of player but don’t make that your be-all and end-all. We saw Manchester United do that with Daniel James and yeah, he did very, very well but I’m sure United weren’t expecting him to do as well as he did. If Spurs can get him in on a free, that’s a very, very good start

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Darren Bent says Tottenham must do all they can to beat Europe’s top teams to the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen this summer] He’s a very good player and he’s linked with a lot of big clubs around the world so if you can steal him, then what a coup that would be for your club. If you can get top players like that, you go and get them. His favoured position is a number 10 so that would be perfect because you’re talking about him, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son – I think that would work really, really well. At times, I know all teams have a transfer structure where they might go: ‘We need defenders, we need midfielders,’ whatever it may be, but sometimes little curveballs get thrown in. When a player of such quality all of a sudden gets thrown into the market, you’ve got to rip that transfer sheet up and go: ‘He’s the best player available, we’ve got to take him