I have to admit, I`m quite surprised by the quotes from Darren Bent today.
He has told The Sun that he will not request a transfer.
I would Darren.
The way this top quality, £24million striker is being treated is a joke to me.
He was our top scorer under Houllier, despite only joining us in the January. He was our top scorer last season despite missing half the season injured and he`s our top scorer this season despite being dropped over and over again.
Gabby? No goals in 28.
Why not play Gabby as a winger? Or behind the two? He has the speed and he has the love of Villa for sure.
And why not Bent and Benteke?
We are deep in the doo dah, everyone (surely?) can see that? You need to play your best players and Darren Bent is our best player. I find it incredible when people say he is lazy. Was Lineker lazy? Shearer? Fowler? Owen? No, they did very little, next minute they had hattricks. The skill is reading the game, being in the right place at the right time and for Bent to be able to do that, he needs a team behind him not afraid to shoot the bloody ball towards goal and for him to feed off the saves or rebounds.
Is it that difficult a theory?
Anyway, Bent in The Sun: 'If they feel in January it`s time for a parting of the ways then that`ll be down to them — it won`t be my doing."
Does he think he is being forced out?
Adding, 'It won`t come from my side. I won`t ask for a transfer, of course I wouldn`t do that."
'Villa are a massive club and I always want to play for huge clubs. For me to ask for a move would be silly, especially at this stage of the season when there`s still a long way to go."
He also waxes lyrical about Villa, which is nice to see: 'I`m not going to go in and say I want to leave. I`m more than happy at Villa and to play my football here. The attraction is the size of the club, the history and a massive fan base. I`m prepared to give it as long as it takes.'
Maybe people can stop saying he is a mercenary and not interested in Villa now?
A mate of my dads was at the Belfry the other week. Bent was there. He started to talking to Bent and then asked 'I hope you don`t mind me talking football and Villa with you, just say if you want me to leave you in peace`
Bent was having none of it, said he was welcome to talk and loved talking about football and liked being at Villa. My dads mate when back to his friends and later they found that Bent had left some money for a round for them.
NOW PLAY HIM!!!!!!!!!!!
Already linked to Liverpool, now he is being linked to Fulham. Now there is a manager who does understand quality... See: The Mirror
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