Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Darren Bent's Brighton loan

Darren Bent

Aston Villa fans took to Twitter to react to news of Darren Bent's loan move to Brighton & Hove Albion.

While the idea of Darren Bent turning out in the Championship was once unthinkable, after a torrid few seasons at Aston Villa, that’s where the out-of-favour striker now finds himself.

Villa have allowed the 30-year-old front man to join Sami Hyypia’s Brighton & Hove Albion on a month-long loan, where he could feature in up to six games before his scheduled return on December 29.

The Seagulls sit 20th in the second-tier at present, having taken 18 points from 18 games, with their current squad already boasting two Claret and Blue loanees in Gary Gardner and Joe Bennett.

Bent, 30, is in the final season of his contract at Villa Park, and has continued to find first-team opportunities sparse under manager Paul Lambert.

The former England international spent last season on loan at Fulham, where he scored just six times in 30 games, and is still to start a Premier League match this term, making seven substitute appearances for a total of 83 minutes.

Arriving from Sunderland in the winter of 2011 for a club-record fee of £18 million, he managed to net nine goals over the second-half of the 2010-11 campaign under Gerard Houllier to help steer the club clear of relegation, but has since failed to deliver the same production.

With a record of 15 goals in 69 league games since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, his form has been in stark contrast to that which once made him one of the top-flight’s most coveted marksman.

With few Villa fans expecting much from him at this stage, but the club still struggling for goals, here’s how the news was received.

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