Bent took the decision to leave Villa on loan in the hope of getting first-team football at Derby, and it seems that it was not a tough choice.
"Coming to Derby was a no-brainer to be honest," he said. "With Steve McClaren, who I played under at England, they looked like a team destined for the Premier League and hopefully they still are.
"I still feel like a young 16-year-old trying to put the ball in the net but hopefully I can help some of the younger lads with my experience and get Derby in the Premier League."
It is understandable that Bent found it so easy to leave Villa as he had been ostracised under then-manager Paul Lambert.
Bent had barely played for the Claret and Blues this season before his loan move to Derby, and it made sense for both parties to move on at that stage.
It leaves Bent's future uncertain, with Sherwood seemingly having more faith in Bent than his predecessor.
At the moment Bent's contract at Villa expires at the end of the season, but Sherwood may decide that it would be wise to keep him around for longer.
The former Sunderland front-man has notched 12 goals in 16 games for Derby, and he has proven that he is still capable of finding the net with regularity, despite his advancing years.