Exclusive: Bent touts exit for senior West Ham player he thinks is finding PL 'Too intense'
Darren Bent has torn into West Ham midfielder Carlos Sanchez and suggested he is not good enough to play in the Premier League.
The former Tottenham and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that while the Colombian is a great person off the pitch, he has not shown enough to be a success in England.
Sanchez made just his fourth start of the season on Saturday, David Moyes hooking him at half time in the 1-0 defeat to West Brom in the FA Cup.
Having worked alongside the 33-year-old at Aston Villa and watched him at West Ham, Bent says he is not convinced Sanchez is cut out for the English top flight.
“It’s a toughy because I know Carlos, I know him well, I was at Villa when they brought him in and he struggled for consistency there,” Bent told Football Insider.
“He went to Spain and he came back and he’s a great guy but the Premier League is just not made for everybody. Maybe it’s a little bit too quick for him, maybe it’s a little bit too intense because you’ve got to be able to get around.
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“Especially if you play that role, you look at people like (Wilfried) Ndidi, (Ngolo) Kante, even Declan Rice who gets about. I think maybe that the Premier League – in Spain you don’t really get too many people ratting around you – but in the Premier League it’s maybe a little bit too far for him.
“West Ham, they’re paying a bit of money for him – maybe they should look to recoup some of the money for him.”
Sanchez has a total of just 17 appearances under his belt for the Irons after arriving on a free transfer from Fiorentina, signing a contract worth £50,000-a-week [Spotrac].
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