Ex-Tottenham Hotspur player Darren Bent has spoken out about a vicious dig referee Michael Oliver once made at him, while he sat on a substitute bench.
Bent, 37 years old, was a Premier League player for Charlton Spurs, Sunderland and Spurs. He earned 13 caps and scored four goals for England.
The ex-striker was primarily a journeyman on various Championship sides. He often found himself on the bench after his age.
Bent, who is now a pundit on talkSPORT recalls a time when he was humiliated by Oliver, a Premier League referee.
Bent said: “He was the fourth official one time and towards the end of my career I was on the bench.
“He said to me, ‘Are you just touring benches?’
“At the time I thought ‘you cheeky…’, but I laugh about it now and that’s what Eddie Nketiah doesn’t want to happen.
“He does not want to leave Arsenal’s bench to then go to Crystal Palace’s bench.”
Nketiah (22 years old) could leave the Gunners when his contract expires. Palace is also linked to the Englishman.
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Ex-Spurs striker Bent offered some tough advice to the Arsenal youngster regarding his next move.
Bent was added: “He needs to go somewhere, even if it means him having to drop down a division, score loads of goals, play well and then go again.
“Don’t try and go to another Premier League club because at the minute he’s not going to play.”
Nketiah has largely played a supporting role for Mikel Arteta’s side this season, though the Spaniard claims he wants the youngster to remain at the club beyond the summer, where he will have a bigger role following the expected departures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.
The striker was part of Arsenal’s first-leg Carabao Cup match against Liverpool on Thursday.