With Robbie Keane’s departure,Juande Ramos now has Â£20 million extra funds to invest in a new striker, but last night he was given a dilema, as Darren Bent rattled 4 past Norwich an a comfortable victory.
Norwich City: Marshall, Otsemobor, Bertrand (Russell, 38), Clingan, Omozusi, Stefanovic (Chadwick, 60), Croft, Fortheringham, Cureton (Martin, 69), Hoolahan, Pattison. Subs: Russell, Nelson, Shackell, Renton, Eagle, Smith, Daley.
Spurs: Gomes, Gunter, Gilberto (Bale, 60), King (Assou-Ekotto, 46), Dawson (Huddlestone, 27), O’Hara, Jenas, Zokora, dos Santos (Taarabt, 81), Modric (Lennon, 46), Bent. Subs: Jansson, Berbatov.
Tottenham showed why they have been attracting big names this summer, playing the most beautiful one-touch football at Carrow Road. Giovani Dos Santos was allowed to play in a free role, switching between both wings and sometimes playing just behind Darren Bent as the lone striker. He proved his worth to Spurs early on in the match, showing immense skill on the right wing before drilling a low cross ino the box, which Stefanovic deflected into his own net.
Just 5 minutes later, though, a Ledley King slip let Jamie Cureton in, and he put it away nicely. 1-1. Not half anÂ hour into the game, and Michael Dawson’s match drew to a close, as he contested a bball in the air, and a stray elbow caught him just above the eye. Huddlestone replaced him.
2 minutes before the end of the first half, and the third goal of the game came. Jenas with a bursting run through the middles, a run that Juande Ramos will be urging him to do more often in the Premier League this season. The challenge came in, but the ball fell to Jamie O’hara, who put in the course if Darren Bent. Just inside the box to the right, Darren Bent resistedv the urge to drill it anywhere, but instead placed it inÂ the far corner. Excellent finish. As the half time whistle blew, the players walked into the dressing room 2-1 up. Giovani Dos Santos had many bursts of pure skill that got the Spurs fans of their feet, and excited about next season. Luka Modric’s movement and passing looked great and put himself about a lot for a player so small and Chris Gunter has looked lively, overlapping the right-winger on every occassion possible. But, most importantly, Darren Bent has stepped up to the plate after the departure of Robbie Keane. At half time, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Aaron Lennon replaced King and Modric.
56 minutes in, Bent grabbed his second. Assou-Ekotto whipped in a great low cross, and Darren Bent got low and headed it past the keeper. 4 minutes later, Gilberto made way for Gareth Bale.
Not long after that, Dos Santos again showed why we signed him with a 20-yard shot that was spilled by the keeper, only for Bent to put away to get his hat-trick. And just 3 minutes later, Bent had his fourth, and Tottenham had their fifth. Five-man, one-touch move involving Jenas, dos Santos and Lennon ended with Gunter tearing down the right and squaring for Bent to slot home from 12 yards. 5-1, and the manager decided to give Taarabt a run-out for ten minutes, replacing Dos Santos, who received a standing ovation from the section of Tottenham fans. It ended 5-1, and the squad now travel to Holland for the Feyenoord Jubilee Tournement. But the thing everybody is singing around White Hart Lane after Bent’s excellent performance and five goals is:
Â ROBBIE WHO?