Ex-Norwich City defender Marc Edworthy believes Derby County signing former Aston Villa and Sunderland striker Darren Bent on a free transfer is the standout piece of business in the Championship so far.
The 42-year-old also dubbed the signing of Andreas Weimann from Aston Villa as a statement of intent and that he expects the Rams to be one of, if not the, strongest side in the Championship when the season kicks off.
After lauding the signings of Alex Pearce and Scott Carson, Edworthy said: ‘’Then there is Darren Bent, who we can’t forget about after what he brought to the club in the second half of the past campaign."
‘’Bringing a player of his experience, character and calibre on a free transfer is, in my opinion, probably the standout piece of business in the Championship so far."
‘’He was outstanding here at the iPro Stadium and now his future is secure, he has got a chance to build on that over the next few years and do what he does best and score goals.’’
How key is the signing of Darren Bent to Derby’s promotion hopes?
Although Derby are not lacking in quality in the final third, Bent could prove to be the difference between a top two and top six finish next season as his finishing instinct could be vital to the Rams in tight games.
10 goals in 1075 minutes of football for the Rams show the former Villa and Sunderland striker still has plenty to offer the East Midlands side as goals at that rate, replicated over a full Championship season, would see a return of roughly 39 goals.
The former England international will be anxious to get back into the Premier League before he retires and his best chance of doing that will be by firing Paul Clement’s side up next season.