Former Spur believes first-team player has looked ropey

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has criticised goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

The 27-year-old has been filling the void left by Hugo Lloris after the French World Cup winner dislocated his elbow in the 3-0 defeat away to Brighton at the start of October.

Bent admits that he is a fan of the former Southampton player but feels that he is not playing to his full potential.

Since taking over in North London, Jose Mourinho has won all three of his matches but has watched his side concede six goals.

In both Premier League outings, Spurs have been 3-0 ahead under the Portuguese and have allowed the opposition to score two goals in the final quarter of the game.

Bent is not impressed with how the Spurs defence and goalkeeper are performing and is an area which Jose Mourinho will be looking to address.

Spurs travel to Mourinho’s former side Manchester United on Wednesday evening looking to continue to pile the pressure on the Premier League top four.

“I think he’s got to address that back five,” Bent told Football Insider.

“I like Gazzaniga and I think he should be the number one but even he at times looks really, really ropey.

“Defensively, between goalkeeper and centre-half they need to do something there, which I think he will do.  For me, Spurs defensively still look a bit woeful. They still leave a lot of gaps and still can’t seem to find the right combination at centre-half.

“Mourinho is a defensive minded coach. I don’t think he’d have appreciated conceding two goals at home in a Champions League game either.”


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