The results are in and according to the Birmingham Mail survey, around 58% of Aston Villa supporters think Darren Bent is being treated unfairly ahead of the new season.
It is a major giveaway sign by Paul Lambert that the teams interested in Bent are free to try and do a deal for him, because he simply doesn’t want him in his plans for next season.
Bent has had a very frustrating time under Paul Lambert, as he’s been regularly excluded and has been made to watch Christian Benteke progress into the most important player for the club ahead of the new season.
That has resulted in several links suggesting Bent is a done man at Villa Park, with Newcastle United reportedly ready to try and do a deal close to the £8 million the club wants for the forward.
Bent is not an inexperienced striker when it comes to the Premier League and he has had seasons where he’s been the highest scoring English forward.
It makes sense for them to try and keep him because if Benteke gets a bad injury or even worse moves on, it’s going to leave the club under huge pressure to replace him.
It would be a big ask for new signing Nicklas Helenius to fill those boots so it’s important that the club retains Bent and tries to keep him happy.
That’s a lot of pressure to put on the new signing, especially if a Benteke deal happens late in the transfer window, which gives the club little time to react and find a replacement.
However, there is no point having a striker at a club when he doesn’t want to be there and Bent will still believe that he can have a very big impact at the top level of English football.
It was quite obvious how frustrated he was at times last season, making just eight starts and eight sub appearances, scoring three goals in the process. This will only add to the feelings of negativity and anger that Bent will be feeling.
He’s still not even 30-years-old and will have aspirations to get back into the England team, which he’s not going to be able to do while he’s playing second fiddle to Benteke at Aston Villa.
There are plenty of reasons to justify keeping him, as the fans desire but it just seems like if he wants to save his career he’s going to have to move on and Lambert certainly won’t stand in his way.
What’s your opinion? Would you be bothered if Bent left the club?
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