You never know what to believe in the January transfer window. But there are two things we are certain of.
Number one, Aston Villa want a striker. And, number two, Steve Bruce will be restricted to sifting through the loan market with Financial Fair Play getting in the way of Villa’s hopes of pulling off any permanent deals this month.
So with reports in The Chronicle stating that Darren Bent is available for loan from Derby County this month, this has inevitably got Aston Villa fans talking. And it seems that many would be open to the idea of the one-time England international making a shock return to the Midlands this month.
It is seven years now since Villa paid Sunderland a fee rising to £24 million for the arch-poacher. But Bent would still do a job in claret and blue now, if he can find full fitness again after spending most of the first half of the season out injured.
Bent may not be a £24 million centre-forward these days but he showed last season that he has still got it. After all, 10 goals in 22 starts for Derby is a wholly respectable tally.
And his trademark tap-ins and clever movement could make a major impact in a Villa side whose lack of a reliable centre-forward risks costing them a play-off place.
I would have him back I’ve always liked bent ,Hernandez would be ideal if we could get him— masalamoon (@masalamoons) January 11, 2018
Yes, knows where the net is & more creativity in the team now.— Matthew Murray (@muzza311284) January 11, 2018
The guy is in great shape and loves the club his been injured since the summer and been training hard I would take him as I know him personally and he would put in 100% lambert was the reason he declined .. from the horses mouth— ⚾️⚽️ (@drt03) January 11, 2018
In a heartbeat— Whizzle1 (@Whizzle111) January 12, 2018
One touch benty..if he touches the ball more than once he never scored. But first time shots,I don’t think there are many in any league with the same record.— llllllllll (@kr1664uk) January 11, 2018
Imagine the scenes... Bent and Kodj leading the line - we’d be unstoppable— Sam Gill (@samwgill2003) January 11, 2018
I'd take him back... I'd never if sold him, another of Lamberts wonderful masterplans because he was obviously standing in the way of Jordan Bowerys outstanding potential— Jordan Spencer (@JordAvfc) January 10, 2018