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One to Watch - Darren Bent

Name: Darren Bent

Date of Birth: 6/2/1984

Nationality: England

Former Clubs: Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland

League Appearances (Goals): 346 (146)

International Appearances (Goals): 13 (4)

Stat of the Day: Since August 2005 Darren Bent has scored 82 Premier League goals, equalled only by Wayne Rooney & Didier Drogba in the same period.

Had Harry Redknapp`s missus scored 146 league goals, won 13 full international caps and commanded a total of £47 million in transfer fees, then maybe she`d be featured as the one to watch; instead she`s probably wasting away Redknapp`s corrupt earnings while Darren Bent is focusing on Wednesday`s league game for Aston Villa against QPR, looking to improve on his 10 goals for the season. Surely it would be reasonable to grant a striker, who has been outside the top 10 goalscoring charts just once in his six seasons in the Premier League, a tiny bit of praise, but why as fans of an England international would we do that, when we can lambast him for having a slightly meagre first touch and an occasionally indolent attitude. You don`t need to tell QPR fans that finding a striker who can score goals on a regular basis is hard to come by, so the idea of facing Darren Bent could be seen as a scary thought.

Known for his killer instincts in front of goal, Bent is the type of predatory striker who gets on the end of the crosses and his fine movement in front of goal always sees him in the right place at the right time. Liverpool have been consistently linked with Bent this transfer window; it would make sense for the club to continue their newfound tradition of over-spending on overrated British players, however a large fee for the English striker would surely be justified. Ironically Bent struggles with finding the back of the net when he has more time than is needed, and as Spurs found out his build-up play can be very limited, often stifling the creativity and rhythm of the side. When the team is focused on providing numerous chances for their main striker, however, Bent thrives in his striking role and is the envy of many other teams, not least QPR.

Playing Career

Darren Bent progressed through Ipswich Town`s youth system, having joined the club at the age of 14, and eventually made his first team debut in 2001 in a 3-1 victory over Helsingborgs IF in the UEFA Cup. His haul of 55 goals in 116 starts at Portman Road saw him attract the attention of a number of Premier League clubs and Charlton Athletic eventually bagged his signature in June 2005 for an initial fee of £2.5 million. The striker made an instant impact with two goals on his Addicks debut on the first day of the 2005/2006 season. Bent finished the 2006/2007 season top goalscorer with 13 Premier League goals but unfortunately couldn`t prevent his club`s relegation to the Championship. His two year spell at Charlton brought 37 goals in 79 matches, a record that earned him a £16.5 million move to Tottenham.

Despite being branded an expensive flop at Spurs, Bent still managed a total of 18 goals in 60 appearances at White Hart Lane, despite limited first team opportunities. Sunderland soon swooped to sign Bent for a total of £10 million and began to reap the rewards for their significant signing. He managed eight goals in his first nine games for Sunderland, eventually finishing on 24 for the season, 50% of Sunderland`s total goals for that campaign. The following season he managed another 17 league goals and Aston Villa prised him away from The Stadium of Light in January 2011 with a fee of £18 million potentially rising to £24 million.

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Date:Tuesday January 31 2012
Time: 10:27PM


Bent is *****, hell I'd sell him to you lot for the right price. There is a reason why Bent is overlooked so much and now I know why, he's just a ***** one trick pony.
Green Villan
31/01/2012 22:43:00
Oh thats a nice way to support your players Green Villan haha...Keep it up!!
31/01/2012 23:20:00
TBF I've never liked or rated Bent, if he was such a good player he would have been scooped up by Man City, Chelsea or Man Utd but no he was left to rot on the spurs bench until we were stupid enough to fork out 24mil.
Green Villan
31/01/2012 23:57:00
Okay your opinion at the end of the day...He scored goals, the stats are there, they don't lie, i won't complain.
01/02/2012 00:11:00
Okay your opinion at the end of the day...He scored goals, the stats are there, they don't lie, i won't complain.
01/02/2012 00:11:00
Bent's Villa record: 34 games, 17 goals, Exactly a 1 in 2 ratio. That's a top striker.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
01/02/2012 00:34:00
He simply does not work well in our team and I doubt he would work well in many others, over rated as is much of the crap in the prem', Carrol & Torres spring to mind.
Green Villan
01/02/2012 00:48:00
No theory to back up your opinion green villan...Torres and Carroll don't score, like stephen says, he has a 1 in 2 goal ratio...Facts say it all. Clinical striker, move on.
01/02/2012 12:17:00
Want any more proof ffs?
Green Villan
02/02/2012 04:05:00
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