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Would You Sell Bent? & Lambert On Team Selections

Would You Sell Bent? & Lambert On Team Selections

Paul Lambert has tried again, this time on to blast the rumours that Villa are forcing him not to play Darren Bent.

The theories and lies will continue, because it is more interesting than the truth. Simples.

The Villa boss, put simply, clearly just doesn`t fancy Darren in his current set up.

See our story from a few days ago: Click Here

Not saying I don`t think Bent will leave, because I do, why would he sit in the stands? But not because of this rubbish. If anyone really thinks Lambert is a patsy, or that Randy picks the team, then blimey, we really are in trouble!

He told the press:

'You get knocks in football, but it is how you bounce back from them.' Adding on Radio 5 Live: 'The system at the minute is definitely suiting us. Gabriel Agbonlahor, I think, is playing at the top of his game, Andreas Weimann has energy to burn and Benteke, I do not want to say he is the complete player because he is not, but he has been absolutely brilliant. His goal ratio is frightening from the national team to coming here, and he is leading the line exceptionally well.'

So a footballing decision? Looks like it, from numerous quotes, especially the 'I pick the team` stuff from this last week.

Not sure how much the system is suiting us though, I`ll feel more agreeable to that when we are 10 points clear of the relegation zone! Personally I like 2 up front and strikers who score.

Grizzly has just posted in the forum, having listened to Lambert on radio:

1.DB9 does not have a problem and the gaffer doesn't have a problem with him.
2. He has not handed in any transfer request and continues to work hard in training.
3. Aston Villa have received no offers.
4.They have no interest in selling him.
5. All this is a load of rubbish that the media have pounced on since the striker has been dropped. Further, Villa have picked up 4 out of 6 points since DB9 found himself in his executive box and not on the bench.

Read more: Click Here

Thread on Bent: Click Here

Would you sell Darren Bent?
Poll Date: 29 Nov 2012
Suggested By: JP Fear

No 50%
Yes 27%
Yes but not to relegation threatened QPR 23%

So there you go, decisive as ever, we`ve gone 50% yes, 50% no!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday November 30 2012
Time: 2:24PM


This one is very strange, certainl w need goals and bent scores, yes he is lazy and is not a teanm player. There is obviously something going on, I can understand why Bent would not start. The big question is why not even on the bench? maybe there is something to the 3 mil, that bein said if He (Bent) were to come on and score the winner Tomorrow taht goal alone could be worth a lot more than 3 mil come May COTVABU
irish villa
30/11/2012 14:41:00
Looking at my grammar and spelling in my last post maybe the Villa would give me some of the 3 Mil to go back to School. COTVABU
irish villa
30/11/2012 14:43:00
Dont think Bent is the problem,Lambert will know his strengths and weaknesses,the fact is we have a crap midfield and no one to supply an out and out goalscorer who is not a team player So although not as free scoring other strikers get picked ahead of him for their hard working ethic which helps to make up for our poor midfield. Wonder how many of our fellow strugglers would have Bannan,Ireland and Nzobia in their teams given the chance ? none! offer them Bent and I bet at leat half would say yes please.
30/11/2012 14:59:00
The squad selected in recent matches had a tough time, it makes morale sense to select the same again for the 'easier' Reading game to appreciate their efforts. Bent will return this weekend.
30/11/2012 15:10:00
added a few doo dahs from Grizzly Villa above.
The Fear
30/11/2012 15:14:00
Still think this is media spin from Lambert. Do you really think he thinks Bowery is a better option than Bent?
30/11/2012 15:21:00
Dan Coombs has made a good point in his blog thingy which bears repeating because its overlooked. The windfall that the team got from the Young/Downing sales was mostly sp****d against the wall by Mcleech - Nsomnia, Mutton, Given. He didnt buy any real midfielders to replace the four we had offloaded over a season and a half (Nsomina is a "wing striker" as far as I am concerned). We re basically operating without them now but still paying prob more than £100K a week plus the rapidly amortising fees. Here s my point - selling Bent now and even replacing him with a decent striker at a good price would recoup/save £10-12m over the rest of Bent s contract period (31 months) in transfer fee gains and saved wages. That money solves the midfield problem I would hope. Net net - its all Mcleechs fault. Glad to get this whole debate back on solid ground again.
30/11/2012 15:24:00
lol, thanks for that malacaxeta!!!!!!!!!!!
30/11/2012 15:25:00
Give it time Mr. Fear we've only recently started with this new formation and it is working it seems the Norwich game forced his hand and made him change because his 442 Diamond and flat 442 werent working... I have a big dislike for flat 442 anyway and our MF is far too weak to even consider it... Bring in a Creative CM and drop Ireland deeper beside Westwood and bring in at least one wide player preferable a Left Winger... I would wait til the summer to sell Bent if I was going to sell I wouldnt let him go in January I think PL is thinking the same... If we sell Bent in January guess what happens: We sell him for a good price teams know we have money so prices inflate and it will inflate even more so if we try to reinvest in a striker because they know we need one... For people who want rid of Bent I understand it seems like a good idea on paper but in reality its terrible business... Look what happened to Sunderland when he left when they tried to sign players the fees shot up because everyone knew they had money to burn...
30/11/2012 15:30:00
And we sell Nsomnia/Mutton (and/or Warnock) in January too - thats the rest of the financial equation btw. I m off down the bookies as we speak (accumulator)
30/11/2012 15:31:00
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