Referee Michael Oliver absolutely savaged ex-Premier League player on sub bench

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has revealed a savage dig referee Michael Oliver once aimed at him as he sat on the substitute bench.

Bent, 37, enjoyed his best spells as a Premier League player for Charlton, Spurs and Sunderland, earning 13 caps and even scoring four for England in the process.

But the ex-striker spent the latter part of his career predominantly as a journeyman between various Championship sides, where he often found himself on the bench once age had caught up with him.

Now a pundit for talkSPORT, Bent recalled one occasion where he was left red-faced after some brutal trolling by Premier League referee Oliver.

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, could leave the Gunners in the summer when his contract ends, with the likes of Palace being linked with the Englishman.

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But ex-Spurs striker Bent had some hard-hitting advice for the Arsenal youngster about his next move.

Bent 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 started for Arsenal in their first-leg Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool on Thursday.

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