EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has questioned the mindset of Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama as Mauricio Pochettino looks to bring him back into the first-team reckoning.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England striker says that the Kenyan enforcer could play an important role were he to return to Pochettino’s plans, having yet to feature for the Lilywhites this season.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Argentine boss is planning on holding crunch talks with the 28-year-old over his future in north London, having nearly left for Belgian side Club Brugge before the end of the European transfer window.

Bent says that if Wanyama can prove his dedication to the cause then he should be considered as a senior option for Pochettino, but questions whether he had his mind set on leaving Spurs for good.

Asked whether the Kenyan should return, Bent told Football Insider: “It just depends where his head’s at. Someone like that you want around the first-team because he’s a good player. You’re going to need him at times when the squad’s a bit light.

“You might go into a game where you need that defensive pairing to win you the game, shore you up a little bit, he’s the perfect guy. At the same time, if his head’s not right because he thought he was leaving and he’s desperate to get out of there, you can’t risk someone like that because he doesn’t want to be there.

“Where’s his head at? If it’s in the right place, I’m all for using him, because he’s good enough to do a job when they need him. You talk about defensive nous, where to be on the pitch and how to defend effectively, there’s no one better.”

Wanyama started the season as an unused substitute against Aston Villa on the opening day but has been left out of the matchday squads since.

He has a total of 93 appearances for Spurs under his belt, only 22 of those coming during the 2018/19 campaign as he played backup to the likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko.

In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED that Pochettino is planning to fast-track teen into his starting XI after the international break, after being wowed in training.