By Darren Bent

22nd Jan, 2020 | 10:26am

Exclusive: Bent fears axe for Tottenham mainstay after behind-the-scenes sighting

Darren Bent says Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga is coming under increased pressure to keep his place in the side after the return of Hugo Lloris to training.

The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Argentine keeper has not done enough to suggest he has nailed down the starting role under Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham posted a behind-scenes-snap of the French shot-stopper stepping up his recovery from his elbow injury in full training, having been ruled out of action since October.

Bent says that despite a number of bright performances from Gazzaniga, he has also been unconvincing at times and that he might not have done enough to keep Lloris from returning to the side.

“Obviously he’s got some time Gazzaniga, a great save from the penalty (v Watford) but I think he had that initial boost, he’s been really, really solid since Lloris has been out until a couple of weeks ago,” Bent told Football Insider.

“He tried to carve someone in half (v Chelsea). I guess he’s had moments where you’d thought: ‘What a very, very good goalkeeper, he could take Lloris’ spot,’ but I don’t think he’s been consistent enough in the longer period to warrant everyone saying he’s got to be their number one.”

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Gazzaniga has played 24 times for Spurs this season, all but two of those games coming since Lloris’ injury blow.

The 28-year-old has managed to keep just two clean sheets in his 17 Premier League outings, one of which came in the 0-0 draw with Watford over the weekend.

In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills has suggested that Jose Mourinho is fighting to keep hold of one of his top stars.