Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday October 14 2012
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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Date:Sunday October 14 2012
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