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Bent's Time Up At Villa?

John Cross has an article in The Mirror today.

It seems that Darren Bent was fit for the Arsenal game and wasn`t best pleased to be told he wasn`t in the squad.

Now it is up to the manager (any manager) who they choose but was Jordan Bowery (ten goals in 83 games for '4th division` team Chesterfield) really a better option than our top scorer and England striker Darren Bent to have on the bench in case the team needed an injection of goals?

I must admit I assumed, and said in the forum, that Bent wasn`t fully fit and so wasn`t in contention. Seems from Paul Lambert`s quotes, he was fit.

The report says Bent was furious not to have at least made the bench and that this will signal the end of his Villa career. Whether that is true or not, I know not.

Lambert when asked said the decision was his, "I`m the man that picks the team. Listen, it`s my choice and I`ve 26, 27 lads that I have to look after. Everybody`s in it together and I need everybody in it together. I know the disappointment when you don`t play, I know I was dropped about five million times, but that`s the nature of the game. If you could pick everybody you would. Darren`s still part of it but I've got 25, 26 guys to take care and think of."


So, I wonder who will come in for Bent in January, he`s too good to sit on a bench or even in the stands, that is for sure.

He's been linked to Liverpool again today and, no surprise here, also to Harry Redknapp's QPR.

We surely CANNOT sell to teams who are in the relegation/bottom three scrap with us?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 26 2012

Time: 12:28PM

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This is crazy, the more i see of this Bent omision from the squad the more i start to think about the rumours that we owe Sunderland 6million and if he plays another x amount of games we will have to pay it, maybe i dunno its a rumour but to not even have Bent on the bench is nuts i just can not believe Lambert rates Bowery more than Bent???
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26/11/2012 12:35:00

That he is for the exit seems without question - the issue about the games played is interesting for anyone who listened to that John Gregory radio interview that was linked here a while back. Plus I have seen that if he puts in a transfer request we dont have to pay off the wages on the rest of his contract (whether at 100pc or pence on the pound dont know). I would imagine miost contracts have that type of clause because putting in a request is often tantamount to going on strike (handbags, pram clearance etc). Had to be down to money - who around this club knows the price of everything and the value of nothing ?
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26/11/2012 12:45:00

He has already said he wont' put in a transfer request and to be fair, why should he?
The Fear
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26/11/2012 12:46:00

Seems strange, always the managers choice and maybe he wants him out to give him some funds. Looks a mistake to me but hey, what do I know, I just like strikers who actually score, I'm fussy like that.
The Fear
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26/11/2012 12:46:00

Real odd one this and it concerns me as it will only push his value down. I fully back PL to pick the team and think Benteke offers more in terms of all round game, but if Bent doesn't even make our squad our bargaining power is seriously reduced.
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26/11/2012 12:46:00

He'll play tomorrow .............. so will Ireland. UTV
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26/11/2012 12:53:00

Cowans interview in which he slates Bencht for not being a team player and points at this being a reason that he's left out.
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26/11/2012 15:20:00

The most overrated, overpriced player that we have ever had on the books. And I include Mister Balaban in that list. Why on earth will he play against Reading Milan, unless the WHOLE team is going to change their ethos, formation and style just to accomodate him?????? The scousers are doing better now without Carrol and we are (and will continue to ) without Bencht.
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26/11/2012 15:23:00

Bent is one of english football's most prolific marksmen. When he leaves in January he will go on to score a boat load for whoever signs him (most likely QPR where his goals will keep them up and send us down).
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26/11/2012 15:59:00

as for comparing Bent (whose goals kept us up under GH) to Balaban (who couldn't hit a cows rear end with the proverbial banjo) ............ AstonMilan I wish you were right but I suspect that we won't see Bent in a villa shirt again, I'll wait and see on Ireland as his face doesn't seem to fit either. Pundit, honest question what is in your opinion that Bentecke offers in terms of all round game?
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26/11/2012 16:07:00

Villa's fire-power of ten goals in thirteen games proves Villa don't need him.
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26/11/2012 16:08:00

Good point Fred, you noticed that Bent has played in the first 6 and had sub appearances in the next 4 and managed a princely total of 2 goals. We'd be relegated without him as some have said about last year LOL. By him not playing, it enables the rest of the attack force to play and they're not all catering for 1 person and their paltry 1 niche talent which is no better than 1 of Wiemann's many. We didn't spend 24 mil on Bosko and comparatively he is better. 35 national appearances with 10 goals. Bent has 4 out of 13 appearances. The ratio is very similar but Bosko has almost 3 times as many caps!!!!!!!
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26/11/2012 17:05:00

You can bet your life like him or not the minute he leaves we will find the creative midfielder to supply the bloody chances. Personally think we have 4 good forwards with differing skills all caopable of scoring but a a midfield that is not capable of supplying them.
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26/11/2012 17:10:00

I'll be sad to see Bent leave but he is to good for the bench i will say that. However he does not fit with our play style. Im a massive Weimann fan and don't want to see him shifted from his position (on recent performances he wont be dropped anyway). Plus the Weeman is dare i say on the confidence he's on now a much better player than Bent and offers more.
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26/11/2012 18:47:00

Lambert wears a Villa playing top with Villan444 on the back, I'm POSITIVE!
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26/11/2012 19:12:00

There's no conspiracies RE: us having to pay the Mackems more money if Bencht plays more, he just isn't very good and PL doesn't want him. Great minds think alike koolbill ;-D
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26/11/2012 19:24:00

Ok now it seems like we're trying to force him out... Its pretty silly if we want rid of him Id rather just know I think the problem is they might have a war on their hands if thats what they intend to do... And if we are trying to force him out I hope he sues us for constructive dismissal and wins...
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26/11/2012 19:50:00

The lad needs to learn to contribute. Every team's strikers get involved in build up play. Why should he be any different.
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26/11/2012 20:55:00

Paul Lambert likes hard workers and a high pressure hard working forward. That isn't Bent. It doesn't suit the game we are starting to play. Of course, we don't know the politics behind the scenes or what is happening finance wise. Maybe its some reverse psychological plan to get so up his nose that he'll run round like a monster against Reading and score a hat full. Either way, the situation needs to be resolved. DB9 needs to pull his finger out and adapt his game or he needs to move on. If he goes, can see Charlie Austin arriving in January, no problem.
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26/11/2012 21:02:00

Hope your not including Gabby in the "4 good strikers" Merlin. The ideal strikerforce would be Bent, Benteke and Weimann. The only time Gabby scores is in the cup.... which is really useful when we have 38 Premiership matches in a season!
Pride of Lions
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27/11/2012 01:17:00

When Benteke signed he said he can play in the hole behind the striker. I know he's great at leading the line but I'd like to see Bent up front, Benteke in behind running at the box from deep after starting the second phase play with Gabby and Andy either side and Ireland with Westwood. I thought the 15mins Benteke and Bent had together against Swansea looked very promising but we haven't seen it since.
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27/11/2012 02:52:00

Gizzly, hard workers and high pressure? have you watched Bentecke?
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27/11/2012 13:03:00

Pride Gabbys scoring record injuries permitting has not been great over the last two seasons but think back to when he had the right sort of supply eg young ,milner he got a few goals and is probably the only striker we have with real pace to get in behind. Still think it depends on the supply as to which of our strikers benifits and of course the type of football PL wants to play. Its the midfield that bothers me Pride think KEA has lost the plot,never been a fan of Ireland or Bannon I must admit. So we have little to offer in the middle of the park with young Westwood still learning.and Nzobia dissapearing over the horizon imo.
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27/11/2012 13:26:00


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