In-form Keane is first choice at Spurs

Last updated at 14:44 24 November 2007


Tottenham striker Darren Bent admits Robbie Keane's form has made it a

three-way fight for the remaining place in attack at White Hart Lane.

Keane is on a remarkable run, scoring 25 goals in his last 34 Spurs games to

make it near impossible for new head coach Juande Ramos to drop him.

The Spaniard also has Dimitar Berbatov and Jermain Defoe, while Bent has scored

in his last two Barclays Premier League games and is desperate for a chance

against West Ham tomorrow.

Bent snatched at an easy chance against Arsenal in September and his confidence

took a blow, but that was forgotten after goals against Middlesbrough and

Wigan.

"Earlier in the season I missed a couple of chances and it played on my mind,

so it's nice to get a couple of goals recently," he said.

"You want to nick a goal here and there and hopefully the gaffer will see

you.

"Keano has had a fantastic start to the season. It's me, Berba and Jermain

fighting for the second spot. I will keep chipping away and hopefully it will be

me."

Ramos has already imposed his personality on his new squad - cracking jokes

with his limited English - and he has also focused on raising fitness levels.

"He's come in and changed a few things," said Bent.

"Everyone is looking forward and relishing the challenge of moving up the

league."

The trip to West Ham offers a chance to get further away from the relegation

zone and Ramos is hopeful of maintaining his unbeaten record so far at Spurs.

The win against Wigan last time out was the first league victory in almost

three months.

"It was a big win and we have to build on it," said centre-back Michael

Dawson. "Hopefully we can go into the West Ham game full of confidence."

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