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Darren Bent Gone By In January Transfer Window?

Darren Bent Gone By In January Transfer Window?

This news doesn`t surprise me but frankly IF Villa did sell this player in January.................

The Mirror say that both Liverpool (linked before) and QPR are interested in signing Villa`s record buy and top striker Darren Bent.

His frankly ridiculous treatment under Paul Lambert (he scores v Saints and is dropped, he comes off the bench and scores v Midlands top dogs WBA and is dropped) will no doubt make the England forward want out, why should a player of his quality sit on the bench?

Brought in by Gerrard Houllier to stave off the relegation battle just a few Jan`s ago, now it looks like he might exit and leave us in another.


I don`t think so. The guy scores goals, Villa are perennially short of goals.

I`m hoping our manager can get his arm around Bent, get him back to feeling important and stave off this threat. However, if he can`t, I`ll not be surprised in the slightest if Bent wants out and unlike some fans who will no doubt turn on the player (as is our way, just see the attitude to Barry after 12 years great service) I`ll not blame him one bit. He is of no use on the bench in my ever so humble.

Hopefully just the press putting 2+2 together, however the behind the scenes whispers suggest no smoke without fire. He`s basically been humiliated and replaced by a 21-year-old unknown from the non-descript Belgian league. In time Benteke might be quality. At this present time a) he isn`t b) Darren Bent is.

The paper report says he cost us £18m (and then it goes up to the £24m figure we all quote with add ons etc) and that Villa owner Randy Lerner would want to re-coup at least £12m. That part of the report I do not believe, simply because how would they know what Randy would want? He certainly won`t have told anyone in the press.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday October 14 2012
Time: 11:22AM


I had a feeling that the club wanted/needed to sell him or anyone else to generate money to rebuild. how he has seemingly been treated in losing his place and captaincy, would indicate that he either doesnt get on with Lambert or the club are trying to force his hand. just out of interest, how much would you expect to get from his sale. I assume you would have to sell at a loss.
14/10/2012 11:31:00
He has been benched for a couple of games, as a result of which he came on hungry in the Baggies game and scored. Good strategy from the manager in trying to motivate a player who is often carried through games; who offers little except a foot from five yards out. Bent needs to pull his finger out and make things happen. Moreover, no one is bigger than the club. If we believe that we are lost without him then we are lost anyway. On the other hand, what a ridiculous over reaction from the press, creating stories that don't exist. Bent does not have a God given right to play and if he is going to threaten to leave because his ego finds itself on the bench then good riddance any way. The gaffers word should be law and he should take it on the chin like the pro he is.
14/10/2012 11:38:00
i think it maybe down to bents transfer from sunderland we paid £18 mil with £6 in add ons well if we pay the other £6 mil that will be £24 mil i read we will take £12 mil for him thats a loss of just £6 mil if we give sunderland £6 mil that will be £24 for a player that is 28 so once his contract is up and we sell him we would lose alot more than the £6 mil we would lose on him in if he goes in january ...... just a thought but thats not taking his wages into account too
14/10/2012 11:40:00
We already have a replacement ...... Bowery, mark my words, he is gonna be top drawer for us. Proper forward in every sense. UTV
14/10/2012 11:49:00
Am I not correct in thinking the captaincy was only "on trial/temporary"? Anyway, besidesthat, if he is sold in January, it'll be a case of Relegation my Lord!!!
Pride of Lions
14/10/2012 11:50:00
From what I undersand we do NOT have to sell to buy. Wages are the key, not transfer funds..It appears that wages are now at an acceptable level.. There is room to increase them bt not dramaticly. In the ideal world Hutton and Warnock would go meaning we could bring in one or two quality players on their wages..The transfer fees are not a major issue, but I believe that PL will continue to shop in the 'potential' market rather than the proven.
14/10/2012 11:52:00
Slightly disagree with the article. I don't think his treatment by Lambo has been ridiculous, Bent scores goals - sometimes. Keeping him on the bench for a while has made him angry and motivated, that's when he scores goals. When he is an automatic choice he becomes lazy and complacent, as we all know. However, he's light years better than Bent*****e!
14/10/2012 12:09:00
Wouldnt surprise me if he went. He's for too high profile for us nowadays anyway. Lambert spent almos 20m in the summer and all previous season spending has been offest by players leaving.
14/10/2012 12:25:00
Hhhhmmmm... I have never been a fan. It's nothing personal Darren but you're a luxury at the moment. Yes your goal rate is nearly 1 every 2 games but over 2 seasons you have not done enough in overall play. Lambert needs to rebuild and as anyone knows, rebuilding is a dirty job and not an exact science. Some times you need to rip out some key sections to create a better overall structure. I think Bent is the equivalent of a conservatory, a nice extra but can't be used all year round on a consistent basis. Relegated if Bent is sold? Really, if that were to happen then in all likelihood we would be relegated anyway. Bent is not a retaining wall against this, whereas Holman, Vlaar or Guzan are. Enough of the building metaphors, I am at the boarder of my ignorance on that score. Also the club could make a few quid on the extra 3 letters on Benteke shirts. Look after the pennies...
Mervin King's Pocket
14/10/2012 12:38:00
Needed to be dropped to wake him up and shock horror it worked. Said a few weeks ago he will leave for the smoke again with west ham or QPR! Liverpool can't afford him,they still owe us for downing..never happen! I for one think he is a lazy luxury we no longer have the pleasure of using for 90 mins.we need players that will run through walls for us this season,and bent isn't one of them. He kept us up the year we got him but we have to cut his wage from the club and bring in more players to bolster the battle in January using the 16 million we would get for him,QPR etc!
brisbane lion
14/10/2012 12:49:00
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