Darren Bent has admitted Jose Mourinho is caught in a “catch-22” situation as his Tottenham stars head away on international duty.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the break from Premier League action will both help and hinder the Portuguese boss.
As quoted by the Daily Mail, Mourinho confessed he is expecting “Only negative things” to come from the international break as he bemoaned the different training methods between club and country.
The likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Harry Winks have been called up for England and Gareth Bale is set to return to the Wales squad, although Steven Bergwijn has been sent home from the Netherlands side due to fitness problems.
Bent has suggested Mourinho sees this season as an opportunity to pick up some silverware and that he would rather see most of his players given some time off to recharge after an intense period of fixtures.
Bent told Football Insider: “Listen, there’s no bigger honour than playing for your country but I think when you look at the current situation – you’ve had a short preseason, a lot of games, and you’ve got to say, some of his players are starters for their national team.
“You look at someone like a Harry Kane, you don’t really want him going away and playing a lot of minutes because you want to give him all the rest you can but then on the flip side, you want someone like a Bale going away to get more minutes under his belt to try and get match fit.
“Then again, you run the risk of injury so it’s a little bit of a catch-22 but at the same time, you know Mourinho, you know what he’s about, I can understand it.
“Just because of the crazy times that we’re in, he’s probably thinking more so for players’ safety.
“He wants his players fully fit, he believes there’s an opportunity for them to win something this season, I do as well, so I can see it from his point of view and perspective.”
Spurs currently sit second in the Premier League table after eight games, one point behind Leicester, while they are also in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
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