Aston Villa loanee Darren Bent calls Derby County a 'Premier League side'

The former England international is pushing Derby County toward promotion.

Derby County picked up a crucial point against promotion rivals Bournemouth in the Championship. The Rams were twice behind in the game, with first Tom Ince equalising, and then Darren Bent scoring in the 68th minute.

The former England international has now scored four goals in five games for the club since arriving from Aston Villa on loan in January.

As Villa struggle to find the back of the net and continue to slip perilously toward the relegation zone they have a player they happily let go on a temporary basis banging in the goals. In the process, Bent is helping Derby push toward a return to the Premier League, as Villa continue to drop ever closer and closer to swapping places with him.

Now Bent has been discussing his hopes for Derby this season, making it clear how he feels Derby belong in the Premier League. He told the official Derby County website about the game, and his equalising goal:

“Artur Boruc is a big guy, but when it came to the chance, he was quite low so I just tried to lift the shot over him and luckily enough it went into the roof of the net.

“I want to keep doing that to help Derby get to where they want to be. They are a Premier League side, they have got a fantastic squad, but it is about getting over that line now.

“We now need to keep the momentum going, keep picking up those points to help us in that push for promotion.”

While Bent believes that Derby can push on to the Premier League, the fact remains that at the moment, they may not be sharing the top division with Aston Villa next season.

If that turns out to be the case, Aston Villa fans will always wonder why Bent was not given a chance at Villa Park this season.

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