Since the beginning of the transfer window, Aston Villa have been faced with obstacles regarding their strike force. If it wasn’t about trying to sell players, it was about trying to keep players.
However, luckily for Aston Villa, they have done their most important piece of business for the transfer window and that was keeping hold of Christian Benteke. After much speculation concerning the big Belgian’s future of whether he was leaving or staying, he decided to put pen to paper for a new four year deal at the club after having a reported lengthy conversation with manager, Paul Lambert.
But now that Villa have kept hold of their star man, it’s clear that there is no place at the club for Darren Bent. Bent was signed from Sunderland in the 2010/2011 winter transfer window for a reported £24million and at the time, manager Gerard Houllier signed the striker for one purpose and one purpose only – to score goals.
After signing for Villa, he went on to score 9 goals in 16 matches and become the club’s joint leading goal scorer with Ashley Young even though he only signed in January. But in his first full season with the club, the player’s goal tally began to diminish. In the 2011/2012 season, Bent recorded 9 goals in 22 league matches for the Villa and as recently as the 2012/2013 season, he scored 3 goals in 16 league matches. His lack of goals led to the signing of Christian Benteke who he eventually lost his place to.
Now that the summer transfer window has passed the halfway mark, the question that still needs to be answered is where will Darren Bent be playing his football in the upcoming season? He was been the target of both Fulham and Newcastle United and recently, Crystal Palace have voiced their interest. But it seems likely that this destination will either be Fulham or Newcastle because both clubs have reportedly entered into negotiations with the club. However, Villa are holding out for someone to reach their £6million valuation of Bent.
It is unfortunate for Darren Bent to have hit such a drought in his career. But there is plenty of hope for the striker in the fact that he is still a wanted man and for that thought alone, fans of clubs looking into Darren Bent should be optimistic that they might be welcoming a proven goal scorer into their club.
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