New Derby boss Paul Clement showed no hesitation in bring Bent back to the club on a permanent deal, when his contract expired at Aston Villa at the end of the last campaign.
He seems determined to now find his form at the club consistently over the next year, as the Rams continue their pursuit of a position in the Premier League.
“I am looking forward to settling down and having a good spell with Derby County now after a few in-and-out years and a few spells out on loan from Aston Villa,” he’s quoted on dcfc.co.uk.
“I hope I can keep the goals flowing and fire the team to promotion.”
“I have signed because Derby County has the makings of a Premier League side and I believe that we can get there.”
Is Bent Derby’s number one striker?
Bent will definitely start the season as Derby’s number one striker and he should relish the chance to perform that role after a difficult spell with Aston Villa.
Chris Martin is an important attacking player for the Rams, but considering the issues he’s had with a hamstring problem in the recent past, Clement may not want to take too many risks over the injury.
A good start is important
Bent is very much a confidence player so it’s important that he gets off to a good start when the Championship returns.
If he can bag some early goals, it will put a spring in his step which should help him to raise his performance levels even further.