As Darren Bent’s month-long loan stint at Brighton & Hove Albion approaches its end on December 29, the former England striker has professed his desire to stay beyond the initial agreement if it means he is playing regularly.
Having scored two goals in four appearances for the Seagulls, Bent is dreading the prospect of returning to Villa Park to sit on the bench and making sporadic appearances.
Speaking to BBC Sussex, Bent said “There is only so much someone can take. If I'm going to go back and sit on the bench I would rather stay. I don't want to go back to Aston Villa if I am not going to play. No footballer enjoys sitting on the bench and playing two minutes here and there.”
England international is out of favour
With only eight appearances for Villa this term, seven of those coming from the bench, Bent’s fate would be almost certainly to resume the same periodic role that he has compared to as a ‘slap in the face’ in the past.
Whether Bent’s stay at the Amex Stadium will be extended or not remains to be seen, as Sami Hyypia left his post as manager on Monday after only one win in 18 league games. Assistant boss Nathan Jones is expected to assume of the role of caretaker manager while a long-term replacement is sought out.
Brighton are currently sitting at 22nd in the Championship, four points from safety behind Millwall, with their last win coming back in November with a 1-0 home win against Wigan.