What a strange few years it has been for Darren Bent. From being hailed as one of England’s top strikers the former Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland front-man has endured a poor recent spell at current club Aston Villa, barely selected since Paul Lambert took charge.
The latest reports claim Bent could be on his way to Turkish side Trabzonspor this summer, while Fenerbahce are also said to be interested in the 30-year-old. But where has it all gone wrong for a player who has netted 178 club goals to date?
Some might say that Bent simply moved too much; that he should have remained longer at the clubs with which he proved a huge success – namely Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic and Sunderland. After all, he scored a total of 120 goals at those three clubs, places where he was always the main man and promptly responded as such.
His less than impressive form at Spurs has been well-documented, while the less said about his ill-fated loan spell at Fulham the better.
But to say he has been a flop at Villa Park could be deemed an exaggeration, given that he has scored 25 goals for the Villans and that he has also been blighted by injury.
And yet the fact that Bent has gone from goal-scorer extraordinaire to forgotten man, one wonders if he will ever rediscover the form that won him 12 England caps and a whole host of suitors down the years.
Perhaps a change of scene is what he needs. Or perhaps the days of Bent regularly hitting the back of the net are long gone.