Michael Oliver, the referee, slammed an ex-Premier League player on the bench.


Michael Oliver, the referee, savaged an ex-Premier League player on the bench.

As he sat on the substitutes bench near the end of his career, retired Tottenham and Charlton striker Darren Bent remembered a hilarious jibe from Premier League referee Michael Oliver.

Darren Bent, an ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker, has revealed a savage dig from referee Michael Oliver while he was on the substitute bench.

Bent, 37, had his best seasons in the Premier League while playing for Charlton, Spurs, and Sunderland, earning 13 caps and scoring four goals for England.

However, the former striker spent the latter part of his career as a journeyman for various Championship clubs, where he frequently found himself on the bench as his age caught up with him.

Bent, who now works as a talkSPORT pundit, recalled being left red-faced by Premier League referee Oliver on one occasion.

“He was the fourth official one time, and I was on the bench near the end of my career,” Bent said.

“Are you just touring benches?” he asked.

“At the time, I thought, ‘You cheeky…,’ but now I laugh about it, and Eddie Nketiah does not want that to happen.”

“He doesn’t want to leave Arsenal’s bench to join Crystal Palace’s.”

When Nketiah’s contract expires in the summer, he could leave Arsenal, with Palace being linked with the Englishman.

Let us know in the comments section if you think Nketiah should leave Arsenal this summer.

Ex-Spurs striker Bent, on the other hand, had some sage advice for the Arsenal youngster on his next move.

“He needs to go somewhere,” Bent continued, “even if it means dropping down a division, scoring a ton of goals, playing well, and then going back up.”

“Don’t try to join another Premier League club because he won’t be able to play at the moment.”

Mikel Arteta claims he wants Nketiah to stay at the club beyond the summer, where he will have a bigger role following the expected departures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. Nketiah has largely played a supporting role for Mikel Arteta’s side this season.

On Thursday, the striker started for Arsenal in their Carabao Cup first-leg tie against Liverpool.


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