Darren Bent has suggested that there will be a number of sides sniffing around Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen after he was snubbed for the clash against Aston Villa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England striker says the Belgian international is someone who must play in the starting XI if he is fully fit, with Mauricio Pochettino explaining there was “no issue” over his availability against the Villans.
Spurs came back from behind to secure a 3-1 victory over the newly-promoted side, with Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez chosen to start.
Bent insists that Vertonghen’s snub will have rival sides sniffing around at a potential raid, claiming his absence in the side made them significantly weaker at the back.
“I like Jan Vertonghen and if he’s fit, he’s got to play,” Bent told Football Insider.
“You could see by Villa’s first goal their defensive frailties. You’d like to think if he’s fit, he’ll play and I’m sure all these other big top sides, if they know someone like Jan Vertonghen’s in the market, there’s going to be no shortage of takers.
“I’d like to think if Vertonghen’s fit, he plays.”
Tottenham’s next game sees them take on reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, Pep Guardiola’s side thrashing West Ham 5-0 in their last outing.
Vertonghen has played 285 times for Spurs since arriving in north London, injury limiting the 32-year-old to 34 appearances across all competitions last season.
In other Tottenham news, Bent has made a “massive” transfer claim to Football Insider as he lifts the lid on Daniel Levy.