Date: 4th August 2019 at 11:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has suggested that Tottenham could replace Victor Wanyama with Kalvin Phillips as the Kenyan international looks for a move away this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England striker says that the midfield enforcer has played an important part in establishing the north London outfit as a top-four Premier League side.

As revealed by Football Insider, the 28-year-old powerhouse is ready to tell the club that he wants to leave and join Bournemouth in a bid to secure more regular first-team football.

Bent says that Tottenham’s squad is not big enough to lose a quality backup option like Wanyama and suggested that Leeds’ Phillips could take his place if the Kenyan does leave.

Bent told Football Insider: “He’s not one of their first-choice as he was a couple of seasons back but Spurs’ squad is not massive and they need numbers in there. You’d like to think maybe someone else is coming in to replace him. Maybe Kalvin Phillips.

“He’s been a great servant for them, Wanyama, he’s done really well since he’s been there, really helped solidify Spurs’ top four status as a club – every season and he’s been a big part of that.

“He’s not playing as much as he was at one stage but he would still be a big loss for them because he’s cover.” 

Wanyama has played 93 times for Tottenham since joining from Southampton, although his game time has been limited by injury problems in recent seasons.

The 2018/19 campaign saw him feature just 10 times in the starting XI and pick up a further 12 appearances from the substitutes’ bench.

Phillips meanwhile was a mainstay for Leeds, playing in all but four of their games on the way to the Championship play-off semi-finals.

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