Darren Bent believes that fans got “carried away” with the impact Dani Ceballos made during his early performances for Arsenal.
The former Tottenham and England hitman, who is a boyhood fan of the Gunners, insists that the 23-year-old has a lot more to offer but that he had gone off the boil prior to his injury layoff.
The Real Madrid loanee was ruled out of action between November and January with a hamstring problem, making his Premier League return in the 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday.
Having made an immediate impact in north London, with two assists on his first start against Burnley, Bent admits he has been bitterly disappointed with what he has seen since.
Bent told Football Insider: “He burst on the scenes and people were like: ‘Oh my god, wow.’ He changed the game, he was absolutely superb.
“I think everyone got carried away thinking Dani Ceballos, he is the answer, and then he went missing for weeks and weeks and weeks. He went completely missing.
“As good as he is, and you can’t say he hasn’t got ability because that is completely false, he’s technically a good player, he’s got a great set-play, but for people to automatically say he’s been a little bit wasted, I don’t think that’s completely true.
“I think he could have done a little bit more, he could have done a lot more. Coming from Real Madrid, he’s come in and made a big difference, he hasn’t really set the world alight.
Ceballos, who has nine caps under his belt for Spain, has featured 19 times across all competitions for Arsenal, his only goal coming in the Europa League win over Standard Liege.
He has 56 appearances for parent club Real Madrid, having joined back in 2017 from Real Betis.
In other Arsenal news, Bent has been left seriously concerned as the Gunners’ rivals plot to sign an exciting star.