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Darren Bent Wanting Talks Over Future?

Darren Bent Wanting Talks Over Future?

The Daily Star says that Darren Bent wants 'showdown` talks with Villa boss Paul Lambert

As we mentioned the other day, there appear to be slight problems and they might only be slight. A good manager I`m sure can settle things back down again. However, Bent did look mightily fed up when interviewed. See: Lazy Darren Bent? Don't Make Me Laugh!

Anyway, the press report says he wants talks. One of the gossip sites say that Liverpool are set to pounce in January as Brendan Rodgers has an obvious need for a striker. Apparently they have a £20m budget. I'll not link to the site though, no flesh on the bone so why give them the traffic!?

Bent said: "The manager has said nothing. I`ve not spoken to him at all about why he left me out. We`ll probably speak this week. I can`t remember the last time I`ve been left out of a side. I only found out when the gaffer read the team sheet out. It`s frustrating and disappointing. All I can do is keep coming on and scoring goals, and take it from there."

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He also said again that it has been a crappy couple of weeks, lose the captaincy and then got dropped.

"Maybe he wanted to give me a kick up the backside. Strikers are always judged on scoring goals. After getting the one last week against Southampton, I thought that would build me up for West Brom, but it just wasn`t to be. It was good to get on the pitch and show I am a goalscorer and I can score goals, if given the chances."

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A series of tweets from the Midlands correspondent for The Mirror James Nursey on the same subject:

James Nursey ‏@JamesNursey
Bent has taken it personally but Lambert has no favourites & doesn't justify\explain decisions to players. He's old school like Clough

And I have to say Lambert's methods appear justified as never seen Bent so fired up & lively as when came off bench v #WBA!

At #NCFC Lambert often upset players by axing them & changing side regularly but think he believes any aggro from it helps motivate\inspire

Clearly it's a fine line between inspiring #AVFC players & cheesing them off! But vital players know no favourites & are picked on form.

To conclude, can see why Bent miffed after goal v Saints. But if Lambert's axe fires him up & he now scores several, then end justify means

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday October 3 2012
Time: 12:00PM


No player should think he is untouchable although for senior pros it might be worth a word in the ear to forwarn them. No player is bigger than the team or the club although I do wonder if the press are blowing this one up rather than the player.
03/10/2012 12:23:00
Quite sure the press are blowing it up, it's what they do. They wont sell papers any other way. I am quite sure Bent knows he is part of a team and PL is the manager.
03/10/2012 12:31:00
I can't believe all this fuss, and I'm a little disappointed in Bent to be honest. He was dropped for ONE game, and still got to come on and score the equalizer. But maybe as Merlin says, the press are making far more of this than Bent is. I can't see why there would be any problems between Lambert and Bent.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
03/10/2012 12:31:00
I think it's great that he's *****ed off, it shows he cares and look how he responded. Great management by PL, it's not all about pandering to peole to keep them happy, it's about getting the best out of the players and with Bent scoring coming off the bench PL did exactly that.

As far as Bent's general comments, I don't see too much here, he said he expects they will talk later in the week - I don't see where that means that they need "cear the air" talks, probably just an informal chat to make sure they both understand how things are.

At the end of the day PL picks the team he thinks will win, not the one that played last time regardless of individual performance. There is much more to winning than form, there's something called tactics too and different players fulfull different roles. It's just typical journos picking up on something and blowing it up to make a story.
villan of the north
03/10/2012 12:35:00
Benty you have a auroa surrounding you that you are some sort of goal machine, lets not kids ourselves you have scored 20 goals in 1 season only in context so has Heskey. You do not get picked on your ego or your own self belief you get picked if you score goals, so stop whining to anyone that will listen and do your talking with your goals. If not 20 million for someone who doesnt work as hard off the ball and at 28 isnt getting any younger might not look at bad idea although this has been blown up a little i feel
03/10/2012 12:59:00
He needs to shut up and get on with it. PL is the manager and is paid accordingly to make team decisions. End of. Have some respect FFS.
03/10/2012 13:12:00
It always amazes me when players speak to the press instead of knocking on the door of the Manager and keeping it in house. The press will always blow something small into something massive. There should be some law as to press, agents and other clubs unsettling players. However if its true, then as stated by Chiefy, Bent is 28 and maybe he should be moved on, or maybe some type of swap deal for Carroll. I don't believe in keeping players that unsettle the dressing room or don't want to play for Villa and it does seem as though Bent is getting to big for his boots.
03/10/2012 13:24:00
He needs to give everyone in the team a chance. If they do well in training and on the pitch they will retain their place. Darren is known for his lack of efforts off the ball and playing as a team..... Perhaps Lambert is just reminding him of that and rightly so.
03/10/2012 14:00:00
Where is the story here??? "We`ll probably speak this week" is what he said on MOTD, and what the media claim means he is demanding showdown talks. On top of that he said he is frustrated not to start a game...isn't everyone?!?! Anyone reading to much into the media's spin on the fact that the 2 strikers who performed brilliantly against the champions of England and kept their place in the team need to have a look in the mirror.
03/10/2012 14:11:00
Chiefy, Bent's Villa record is nearly one in two. You have a problem with his form? What do you expect from him? I thought we all knew, when we got him, that we were getting a player who is primarily a goal scorer. Well one in two proves that he is exactly that. A player can do all the off the ball running, tackling and creative work you like but it all comes to nothing if there is no one there to put the ball in the back of the net and not only is Bent our best at that by a country mile, he's also one of the best currently plying his trade in the Premier League.
villan of the north
03/10/2012 14:18:00
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