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More Bent Nonsense It Seems

More Bent Nonsense It Seems

Whatever may or may not be going on with Darren Bent and his future at the club, it seems reliable claims that he stormed out of Villa Park are as accurate as ever, I wonder if Leveson fancies looking at sports journalism?

Contrary to the original report by Talksport, and then jumped on over the last hour by online media outlets, if Bent 'actually' stormed anywhere it appears it was to an executive box - so not quite the storm they'd have liked to have painted.

But hey while we are making things up, should I posit that maybe the club have employed a Darren Bent look-a-like to appear on camera post this apparent 'storming'.

More recent reports covering this suggest he stormed off before returning just before kick off, which is convenient isn't it.

I wonder if any of our players 'threw' the kick it out t-shirts to the ground in disgust today as well.

Oh well, we can put that one to bed but hopefully both the player and the club will clear it up so it doesn't become another 'fact' that festers amongst the fans.

What will continue to confuse and concern many fans though is Bent's continued lack of involvement in the team. If Paul Lambert believes our starting threesome offer more as a unit than involving Bent that's fair enough, but Bent is a threat so it makes sense to many that he'd be there to have an impact if the game reaches a point where a snatched goal would deliver a reward?

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday November 27 2012
Time: 8:41PM


I've got to say, the rumours about an appearance clause in his contract close to being triggered seem the only reason why he keeps getting excluded from the squad. Seems like PL doesn't rate him enough for the future, so he'll keep him away from the team and sell him off in January.
27/11/2012 20:48:00
And they are just that, rumours that affect a different player every season Hippo. Any appearance bonus wouldn't explain why Bent has been used as a sub, nor would any appearance bonus be more than any installment we are required to pay as the basic transfer fee. Lambert clearly sees us offered more with more workman strikers which I tend to agree with, but I'd still have him on the bench as an option which is where my confusion comes from, but to suggest a basic fee of £18 rising to £24 with clauses, that 'part' of a 6m, quite possibly a daft million for hitting a number of appearances is the reason doesn't wash. It's not a big enough sum to care about when you consider the sums involved in final league placings.
27/11/2012 20:55:00
But IF that is the reason he is sitting out Big Hipp then that would indicate he is out of here in January...
27/11/2012 20:55:00
Biggest thing to say is though if Bent does depart, then we crucially need another option to challenge the starting three tonight, and somebody that will fit perfectly with whatever Lambert doesn't seem to think he can get from Bent.
27/11/2012 20:56:00
I've heard from a very reliable source that Bent will be swapped with David Villa in January
27/11/2012 21:08:00
Lol. As if Bent could clean ( let alone lace ) Villa's boots. The game is an anti-advert for prem football shockingness.
27/11/2012 21:23:00
***** him.
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27/11/2012 21:36:00
Benteke is a far more effective centre forward than Bent, and I'm not sure they can play together. Lambert knows best.
27/11/2012 22:00:00
mike_field - IF, and thats a big if, the appearance fee rumour was true, what would be the point in having Bent as a sub, if you knew you wouldn't use him during the match? That'd be like going out with 6 subs. That's the only reason why I believe Bowery could be selected ahead of him - would you really believe its based on ability? If the figure was £6 mill then that's a huge amount of money for a couple more appearances if, inevitably, Bent is sold in January. Especially considering a similar figure was paid for Benteke's whole transfer fee. Even if the figure was as low as £2 mill I'd understand the decision.
27/11/2012 22:02:00
typical talk*****e, on saturday they were claiming mon was walking out at blunderland
27/11/2012 22:10:00
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