Keane knows how it feels to be left on the Spurs bench like Bent

Last updated at 11:12 06 March 2008

Tottenham favourite Robbie Keane sympathises with the plight of his fellow striker Darren Bent, who has struggled to break his first-choice partnership with Dimitar Berbatov since he joined the club at the start of the season.

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Keane experienced a similar situation at White Hart Lane

and it was only three years ago he was strongly linked with

a move to Everton after keeping

the bench warm for 12 games

while Jermain Defoe and Mido

were the first-choice pairing of former boss Martin Jol.

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certainly has sympathy for

£16.5m Darren Bent, who has yet

to shine since joining from Charlton

last summer.

He said: "People have to understand

that if you're not playing

every week, it's very difficult.


know from personal experience

it's not easy to come in and just do

something out of the ordinary,

but Darren will be a great player

for this club, there is no ques-tion about that.

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"In football you just need that bit of luck or for someone

to get injured to get a chance

and Darren hasn't had that opportunity


Bent will have to remain patient

as Keane will start alongside Dimitar

Berbatov up front in the first

leg of the club's last-16 UEFA

Cup tie at home to PSV Eindhoven.

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