Bent is playing for promotion chasing Derby County in the Championship, as the side that own him, Aston Villa, struggle for goals in the Premier League.
“I look at Bent scoring goals for fun at Derby – look, this side (Villa) can’t buy a goal,” said Gray.
Bent looks as though he could be the difference for the Rams over the rest of the season as they try to get into the Premier League, adding to his goal tally for his loan side last night against Bournemouth.
He could be doing a job and providing something different to the Aston Villa attack, but for whatever reason, manager Paul Lambert didn’t see any value in keeping him.
The attacking options currently at the club can definitely do a job.
Gabby Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke have all the components needed to give any defence problems.
However, they’re not working in Lambert’s system and the side simply needs someone who can hit the back of the net frequently as goals are the only way they team is going to get out of trouble.
Whether Bent will ever play for Villa again is open to debate, but the way things are going he could be swapping places with Villa looking ahead to next season, if the Rams manage to nail down a permanent deal.