Derby County’s new signing Darren Bent has taken to social media site Twitter in order to express his delight at signing for the East Midlands outfit.
The 30-year-old striker joined the Rams on loan from Aston Villa towards the end of the season, scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.
Despite his glut of goals, Bent was unable to arrest a dramatic Derby slide as they dropped from top spot in February to a disappointing season finish in eighth – one point shy of the play-offs.
Nevertheless, Bent showed during his time at the Ipro that he still has a knack for goals and especially at Championship level, he will be seen as a real coup by the majority of the Derby supporters.
Here is what he Tweeted following his official signing:
At Villa, Bent’s position became redundant following Christian Benteke’s establishment as the number one striker and boss Tim Sherwood saw no reason to offer him a new deal.
He joins Derby on a two-year deal, where his immediate goal will be to prove to new boss Paul Clement that he is able to work alongside the club’s previous number one striker Chris Martin.
The former Norwich City man has for the large part of the previous two years played as a pivot in the lone striker role, linking up with his teammates brilliantly and causing havoc in the final third.
With Bent expected to be a first-team regular, a change in system may well be necessary to accommodate the natural goal-scorer alongside crowd favourite Martin.
Clement’s first big task as boss will be to find a way to get the best out of his attacking duo despite their contrasting qualities, where a failure to do so could have daunting repercussions.