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Shotton on what Bent has given to Derby County

Derby County defender Ryan Shotton says Darren Bent has given the team a different type of threat.

Derby County defender Ryan Shotton has explained to the Burton Mail what he feels is the key asset Darren Bent brings to the club.

Bent has made a flying start to life with the Rams, bagging a brace earlier this week to help the side over the line against Blackburn Rovers.

“He gives us a different dimension. He’s a poacher and gives us a different outlet,” said the defender.

“This team is doing very well but it’s great to have some like Benty who can come in and score three in two games. He could have had six!”

Bent’s immediate impact has helped the side drag themselves into the places for automatic promotion into the Premier League.

Derby have played some great football this season, but Bent represents someone who will play on the shoulder of a defence and be selfish in the respect that he’ll do anything he can to improve his own goal tally.

He won’t produce the prettiest displays of football but he’ll work hard to get on the end of chances.

Steve McClaren deserves praise for his arrival because he’s given Derby something they didn’t already have.

He also has the mindset of a Premier League player, which is significant moving forward if the Rams are going to break into, and subsequently consolidate in, the Premier League.

Next up for Derby is a difficult trip away to Cardiff City, which will test McClaren’s team in challenging conditions.

Bent stands a good chance of starting the game and he’ll be on the hunt for at least one good half chance to keep his good form going.

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