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Bent Misses Euros BUT Pledges Allegiance To Villa

Darren Bent hasn`t been selected for the Euro`s. Not a major surprise really, he`s not been fit to play for 19 or so games. Shame for him but hopefully he can bounce back and be fully fit in a Villa shirt for next season.

The squad:

Bent on ball
Hart, Green, Ruddy, Johnson, Jones, Terry, Lescott, Cahill, Cole, Baines, Walcott, Downing, Chamberlain, Gerrard, Barry, Lampard, Parker, Young, Milner, Defoe, Rooney, Welbeck Carroll. Back-Up: Butland, Jagielka, Henderson, Johnson, Sturridge.

Bent told 'I am determined to come back stronger like I have the previous two times I have missed out. This won't stop me or deter me. I now look to the World Cup in two years and will try to be involved in that one. I want to put myself in contention again."

Bent with Herd
Adding, happily, 'My total focus is on Villa next season now. I am confident we will improve and have a much better season. The previous one was obviously not great but this is a massive club and we have to make sure that was just a blip. We need to get behind the new manager when he comes in and put all our efforts into the new campaign.'

He also told Mat Kendrick @ The Birmingham Mail that players need to take some responsibility for last season and that it is always the managers that take the brunt.

"People have asked if I was mis-sold the dream when I signed and if I`m honest I didn`t think Ashley Young and Stewart Downing would leave in the same summer. But I signed for Aston Villa because I wanted to be here and I still do".

Bent close up
He also says fairly clearly that he had links last January and didn`t want them and that nor does he now.

"It`s not been a great season but this is a massive club and we`ve got to make sure it is a blip that doesn`t happen again. It is still a time of transition and we need to do our best to get behind the new manager."

All down to who comes in now really isn`t it? Who knows, some of the players who haven`t quite worked out yet might get a fresh lease of life and of course, we do have a crop of nice youth players breaking through as well.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 16 2012

Time: 2:35PM

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No one wants him...... Certainly not at 24 mil
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16/05/2012 15:04:00

Honest answers about Ash and Judas though, fair play to him. Still think he'll be off. If we could have held on to that pair for another year and really seen the best of him, could have been a very different season.
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16/05/2012 15:09:00

just seen, Bent seems to have had a lot to say recently. He is now partly blaming the players for the state of affairs at the moment. I assume that he's not including himself in this blame game as he's been injured in the most pathetic way with no-one near him. Starting to dislike him more and more for his 1 trick pony styles and thick as 5h1t comments. If only we could get 20 mil for him and give that to the new manager to invest. For the record, would take ANY of those managers in the list except Di Matteo and maybe Laursen (only as he's too inexperienced.)
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16/05/2012 15:15:00

Its a fact our players have been shocking villan444 - i don't get your point? mcliesh the main core of the problem of course but still the players don't have too much defence. bent is the best striker we have had in a long time and we as a club haven't utilised him at all yet. i rate bent and think he must stay
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16/05/2012 15:32:00

I am very certain that we would have been safe much earlier if we had in in the side. I do agree it is unlikely someone would give 24 mil for him. He one be one of the players that the new manager will want to build his team around if he does stay. COTVABU
irish villa
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16/05/2012 15:35:00

bit harsh 444. And yes, he takes his share as well I'm sure. He missed a good few but still netted 10 (?) before injury.
The Fear
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16/05/2012 15:36:00

Absolutely sick for Benty not making Euros Hodgeson's making a giant mistake not bringing him along. Defoe will flop mark my words. At least he wil be fresh for next season as Fear said though. Would hate to not have him for half the season again.
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16/05/2012 16:00:00

True that the same players that were top 6 under MON have been part of a bottom 5 finish under Eck 87. Only 1 person to blame IMHO and thankfully he's gone. It's commonly known that you've got to be greedyish to get your share of the goals as a striker but, I always get an undertone from Bent that he's out for himself too much. Most are these days in fairness to him and maybe I'm reading more into it than I should but, he can't play up front effectively with anyone else, he can't pass, holdup, create, cross, flick-on to a fellow teammate so just seems uselessly selfish. In fact he can't header, dribble, tackle or anything apart from finish!!! Now that we're going to have a new vibrant young manager, are we going to build a team around him at the grand old age of 28 when a lot of managers don't rate him for his 1 ability. In fairness, everyone knows that he's a very very good finisher anywhere closer than 12 yards, but we can't play him every week if we want to change tactics to play in certain formations as he doesn't fit in unless we all play to his 1 and only strength!!! Eck thought that you just play him up front on his own and wait for the goals to come. Everyone else knows that it's not that simple. GH had a plan set up and he would've been effective but will the new man think the same??? Eck admitted that he was the 1st name on the teamsheet for him but that limits everything. Sell and reinvest, you'd never see him score a curler from outside the box like Wiemann did, (mainly because he never leaves the box) or a scrambled goal like his first for the club (mainly because he's normally got his head in his hands after he's missed and isn't looking where the ball has gone and wouldn't put his head or body where it hurts.)
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16/05/2012 16:03:00

blimey now mcleish has gone are you looking for a new target 444? Come on Randy find us a decent manager....
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16/05/2012 16:09:00

No body wants Bent?...... We do. He may be a one trick pony as you say, but it's the trick nobody else in our squad can do...........
Pride of Lions
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16/05/2012 16:17:00

Well said pride of Lions, just what I was thinking . Get a few players or set the team up to help him & he'll get 20 + goals a season . I really hope he stays
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16/05/2012 16:34:00

I honestly despair that some would like Bent gone. He scores goals for christ's sake, that's what he is paid to do. What more do you want from him?
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16/05/2012 16:54:00

He scores goals, teams win games by scoring goals. We have needed a striker, who under the right circumstances (i.e not injured for months or playing Eck 'football') can score 20 a season for years. We get one and then people criticise him. Ah dear
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16/05/2012 17:09:00

And there I was thinking McLeish being sacked would make the fans happy! One thing we all know is that if we give Bent the chances he will score the goals!! Sure if Eck was here we should see him as he wouldnt get a touch for 5 matches but under a new manager surely he will be back to 15 - 25 PL goals next season injury permitting!
Chelt Villan
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16/05/2012 17:36:00

you have to be out for yourself in this world 444 and strikers HAVE to be selfish imho. I like him, hope he stays at least a few more seasons, gets us 20 in a season in PL and if he ends up moving in the end, so be it. I also think he does want to stay at one club for more than five minutes as his reptutation at the moment is that of a journeyman. A lot depends on which manager he brings in, if we get more players and if the style of play suits really.
The Fear
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16/05/2012 17:36:00

Lol. I'm not moaning for the sake of it gents. Couldn't be happier and as I said, would take almost any of the managers mentioned. Just think that we shouldn't have 1 player who's worth loads more than everyone else and is on a much bigger wage too if we're trying to get the wages down and the new manager is going to build for the future. He's not that good and we can't put him on a pedastool and rely solely upon him for goals which is the current case. Unfortunately if he plays then no-one else will be in with a chance or in form. We'll have 1 style and when he gets injured, we can't replace him with like for like.
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16/05/2012 18:08:00

He does one thing well and as a striker its the one thing that counts.. get your head out of your arse...
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16/05/2012 18:11:00

If we had Bent under MON we would have been playing CL. Glad he's staying, not sure why people are worried he'd be off though. To who? Villa are probably the best he can do as far as big clubs are concerned. Obviously if someone like Q.P.R offered to double his wages he'd be off, but that's a different story.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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16/05/2012 18:12:00

Sounds like I'm on my own but would take a Juan Pablo Angel on form or even K Philips any day. Proper strikers and not fox in the box finishers.
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16/05/2012 18:23:00

He does exactly what we knew he would. Be there in the right place at the right time to put it in the net. I don't want a striker that's on the wing or dropping into midfield and that's certainly not his role. But I do see that when we are up against it he doesn't offer a lot which is why he needs a second striker or someone playing behind him so he can just play on the shoulder of the last defender. I think if zog was given a free role behind bent and able to buzz about the pitch as he pleased, I think the two of them could be lethal.
Lion Heart
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16/05/2012 18:32:00

Why do so many people give Bent a hard time? He is a Villa player therefore support him you miserable ********s! We signed him to score goals and he has done! Before he got injured he could not play under Mcleish tactics, ffs messi would struggle with Mcnegative's style of play...He will come back and start banging them in, valuable player and cant wait to see him back on the field.
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16/05/2012 18:40:00

444 you are on your own, Bent is class at one thing, scoring goals, his record speaks for itself. He even managed to get a brace whilst McLoser was manager, speaks volumes for me tbh.
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16/05/2012 19:16:00

I don't think he will be going anywhere this summer. But he said all this about Sunderland about 5 mins before signing for us.
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16/05/2012 21:16:00

Great news for us - best striker we`ve had since Yorke, bring on next season. With the right team in place this bloke could easily get 20 next season.
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17/05/2012 06:42:00

Dont want to rain on the parade and I am quite happy for Benty to stay. But what is the one thing that Liverpool need right now ? havnt they got the worst conversion rate of chances to goals ?. Of course they have not been helped because a certain winger called Downing has failed to produce a goal or an assist in the league all season ahem :)
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17/05/2012 12:37:00


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