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I Was Wrong (So Was McLeish) Bent Has To Go!

I Was Wrong (So Was McLeish) Bent Has To Go!

I was wrong, (so was Mr. McLeish), but Bent has to go!

As a leading and complete doom and gloom merchant, even snapping up 16/1 about us going down, the recent performances have proved me wrong. Whilst many have commented that the better performances of late, have occurred without Heskey, I would point out that they have also occurred without Darren Bent.

I was partly right when I posted an article at the start of the season asking whether we should play Ireland or Agbonlahor? I felt that if we played Ireland it would have to be in a 4-5-1, and if we did that where would we play Gabby? Mr. McLeish briefly dabbled with Ireland early doors, but chose a more defensive approach, going 4-5-1 with more defensive players in midfield, and playing Gabby out of position on the wing. Now there is nothing wrong with 4-5-1, but you need the right players in the key roles. The most important role is the one up front.

I was wrong in my article because I thought Gabby would be sacrificed. The choice shouldn't have been Gabby or Ireland, but Gabby or Bent. Mr. McLeish has been wrong all season because he believed the one should be Darren Bent.

Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong! Darren Bent can't play up front on his own.

The defensive pass/punt forward is never won by Bent. The ball always comes straight back, and we are under the cosh again. The front man in a 4-5-1 has to be Gabby. Gabby is the one. Mr. McLeish has to convince Gabby and boost his confidence at all times. He puts fear into even the best defenders, and when he plays up front on his own he will often be able to chase down hopeful passes and stop the ball coming straight back. Gabby remains Villa through and through, and is our best player. Bent must be sold in January before his value drops further, and the money used to buy a couple of hungry young players. That lad Redmond from the Blues might not be a bad shout before he gets snapped up by one of the big four.

So I admit it I was wrong, and I apologise to all the optimists who kept telling me so. (Especially Mr Fear). There are even signs that Mr. McLeish is discovering what his best side is. Shame it's taken injuries to certain players for him to find it. Still being lucky can be better than being good sometimes. Now do the right thing Mr. McLeish, sell Bent while we can still get a good price. And yes I am referring to him as Mr. McLeish because after yesterday he deserves some respect.


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Date:Monday January 2 2012
Time: 9:44AM


Sell Bent ? You are of course joking...
02/01/2012 09:51:00
We were drawing against Chelsea until Bent came on, he then won the aerial punt forward you claim he can't? We then score the 2nd goal and then Bent himself scores the third? Were you watching ?
02/01/2012 09:53:00
Nice positive front pager though...jeez
02/01/2012 09:54:00
Your argument assumes the premmis that we are going to continue the long punts up field fromdefence. Well after a goal scorring performance from Bent against Chelsea and a noticable lack of long punts I would like to think that you are completely wrong....again apparently.
villan of the north
02/01/2012 09:55:00
I agree to a point with this article, but would say that Bent was often used as a lone striker at Sunderland and worked very well in the role, the difference now is that he has been so isolated with you because you haven't been pushing up from midfield enough to support him. He is never a player to pick up the long, high balls as playing with his back to goal really isn't his game. However I actually believe his main problem this season is in his head and when Darren doesn't get thing going his way he is half the player he is when all is going to his favour
02/01/2012 09:56:00
Squad game mind, not all about a starting 11, and presuming Ireland is to continue playing in such a rich vein of form then the through balls he can provide to benty or via the wingers to benty are invaluable...Gabby gets injured or goes off form for a while or the constant need to change tactics or have a plan b also requires players of quality...his goals kept us up last year and good teams have a strong squad, so with over 100 premier league goals and a scoring ratio of 1 in every 2/3 he stays for me...interesting article with some good points & if were as skint as we all believe we are......?!
02/01/2012 10:06:00
Think either can pay as loan strikers, I would say that I think Bent is probably slightly better than Gabby as that stay up top and do little else type of role (not a criticism of Bent that, he is good at getting in the right positions) whereas Gabby's game is a bit more rounded but possibly he's not as clinical. As they said in the commentary the other day, Gabby just needs to add total belief to his game and he could be even better.

I want us to keep both though, let them compete for their places.
The Fear
02/01/2012 10:08:00
There must be room for both? Both class players.
02/01/2012 10:11:00
Interesting article. I was thinking something similar insofar as to play Ireland needs 3 in midfield and I was wondering hot to permutate the other players. Petrov is needed as is a defensive mid. So it looked to me as if you want to ply Bent, then the decision is 2 out of Albrighton, Gabby and Zoggy. But Gabby is not really a winger and to be honest he isn't a natural goalscorer either. Bent is. In the end I took the cowards way out and decided that this is what managers get paid for. Interesting decisions ahead though if we are to use Ireland. Sell Bent? As pointed out above this is a squad game now and it took us how many years to get a natural goalscorer?
02/01/2012 10:13:00
Hell no......we gotta keep em.... lets just see out January...see where we are....and i suspect (hoping dear GOD) our fortunes would have changed and we're making it hard for others challenging 5th and 6th spot we need Bent ....Gabby.....together.....
02/01/2012 10:14:00
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