There was once a time when Darren Bent was one of the hottest strikers in England, but now, he appears to be nothing more than an afterthought despite only being 33.
The former England international has been bouncing around a series of clubs for the better part of 10 years now, with his longest tenure in one place being when he was an Aston Villa player between 2011 and 2015.
Some fans always held out hope that he would be able to re-discover his consistency one day, but alas, his form continued to falter before he was finally sold to Derby County.
From there he continued to be a hit and miss prospect, and now, he’ll be turning out for Championship relegation strugglers Burton Albion until the end of the season.
Given that he has not been a Villa player for three years you would think that fans wouldn’t have made much noise about this move, but as fate would have it, his second game for the Brewers will take place at Villa Park this weekend.
Bent made his long-awaited return from injury during his Burton debut earlier this week against Reading, and now, he seems to have a spring in his step as he attempts to prove the doubters wrong.
With Derby being locked in a promotion race with the Villans right now they’ll all be cheering for their on-loan striker to make an impact. As you can see by these Twitter reactions, that’s a big worry heading into tomorrow’s game.
Darren Bent is welcome to score in every game for Burton. After this weekend. #avfc— Scott (@CaptainScott87) February 1, 2018
Remember when #AVFC paid £18m for Darren Bent back in 2011?— ΛDIΣ (@MrPea13) January 27, 2018
Well, he's just joined Burton on loan from Derby.
If Bent is eligible to play I hope Chester or Terry put a stop to him.... #avfc— Sam Pennells (@SamPennells) January 26, 2018
If we want a forward, Darren Bent on loan would have been ideal, surely. Instead he’s fine to Burton. Burton! #avfc— Mr Thompson (@mrthompson81) January 26, 2018
Darren Bent has now gone to Burton. Let's hope he doesn't go for a burton like he did at Villa Park.#AVFC paid £24.5m with add-ons, £65,000 a week and he is one of the costliest flops in Premier League history.— bc (@thegolfvillan) January 26, 2018
So we play Burton next week and they have just signed Darren Bent #avfc— Luke Marshall (@marshallavfc) January 26, 2018