Villa's England striker is best of the bunch

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Darren Bent is the best natural finisher in the country in the eyes of former Aston Villa FA Cup hero Peter McParland.

The Villa legend is best remembered for his brace in the 1957 FA Cup final that helped the Midlands outfit to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Wembley.

With 98 goals in 293 Aston Villa appearances, McParland knows a thing or two about finding the back of the net, and he is of the opinion that Bent is right up there with the best modern-day strikers.

"I think we've got the best finisher in the country with Darren," he told the club's official website.

"If the ball drops in the box, he puts the chances away. He's always looking to get his name on the score sheet - you can see he lives for goals.


"If you get the right delivery and you give him chances, he'll put them away. He really is a top class finisher."

When Bent arrived at Villa Park in January for an initial £16.5million fee, a few eyebrows were raised as to the price paid, but McParland believes it was a good piece of business.

"He is a terrific striker. I have been delighted with how he's done since he's been at Villa," he continued.

"If the lads continue providing for him and giving him service, he'll score. He can even turn half chances into goals. He scores goals for fun. I am sure he will prove to be a superb player for Villa."

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