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Why Did Bent Really Move?

Why Did Bent Really Move?

Ask any Sunderland fan what they now think of Darren Bent after he turned his back on the club that revitalised his football career.

After Harry Redknapp slated him missing an open goal, Steve Bruce came to Bent's rescue and offered him a chance to start performing at the highest level again.

His first season with SAFC resulted in him winning the North East writers player of the year award along with 25 goals.

England manager Fabio Cappello noticed his scoring ability and even quoted him 'having a bright future for England'. So why has Darren joined a club 17th in the league when he clearly enjoyed being a Sunderland player.

What has went on in the background? How can a player who last month said he wanted to become a Sunderland legend suddenly want £30k extra a week and hand in a transfer request?

Has his agent forced all of this? By the look on Darren's face in his unveiling as a new Villa player he hardly looked ecstatic at joing Houllier's new regime.

Bent said today as he turned his back on Sunderland: 'People have asked why I swapped a top six club for one currently in the bottom four. But I believe Villa are in a false position, they have been sixth for the past three seasons, and it is a new challenge for me."

It seems to make no sense but no player is bigger than the club and we can now move on with £24m at our disposal.

This money can go towards three to four new quality players in the crusade to finish in the top six this campaign.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Gary Johnson
Date:Tuesday January 18 2011
Time: 11:18PM


Bitter bitter bitter just moving to a bigger club thats all - whats so hard to understand?
18/01/2011 23:33:00
Ambition. A step up a couple of levels to one of the countries major clubs. A genuine opportunity to win trophies, and improve his career.
18/01/2011 23:48:00
I can understand the disappointment, Sunderland and becoming a good club and this is a right kick in the teeth, Yes villa are 17th but it's all pretty false with the new manager etc. I think your a good club, your top six now but for how long? Bolton were doing well and just look at them slipping back. Villa have been top six for the last three seasons and its only because of a lack of a good goal scorer we have not progressed. One of the reasons you are top six is because of Bent, imagine where you would be if you had one of Villa's strikers that have yet to score a Premiership goal this season instead of Bent. I don't buy that Sunderland rescued Bent and did he some great favour (it was the other way round) as he was still a good player at spurs and would have been a good players where ever he went. You paid 16.5m in total for him so a nice 7.5m profit if all his add-on come off for you but there is no doubt in my mind that Bent is worth ever bit of 24m. I've wanted him for years and if he had gone to top three club he would be classed as one of the best strikers in the world. Who else can you buy that will get you those sorts of goals? Most players in this class will cost 30m plus and my suggestion is Sunderland will be better off blowing most of that fee on another striker that can give you 25 goals a season. Yes you could buy two or three strikers for that but that's the mistake Villa have made for years, those type of strikers will have one good season or may get you 15 goals. Its only a few that can get 20+ most seasons and that's worth the extra money. Good luck to you for the rest of the season.
18/01/2011 23:49:00
The six points we took from you were nowt to do with Bent so how do you explain that? We will see come the end of the season who is the bigger club.
19/01/2011 00:02:00
The six points we took from you were nowt to do with Bent so how do you explain that? We will see come the end of the season who is the bigger club.
19/01/2011 00:02:00
ithink sunderland have done gr8 business and so have villa i mean villa have bought a 20+ goals a season striker amd sunderland have got 24 million and they have two strikers that could fill his gap in gyan (who is much like bent) and welbeck so sunderland and villa are in a betta position than b4 which is gd because i like both clubs, especially villa as im a villa fan lol bt gd luck for the season and im pretty sure both teams will b in the top 10 at least this season and sunderland could even get into europue
19/01/2011 00:03:00
Well cant really say it was for money, we aren't exactly man city are we! Probably on a higher wage but bent has said himself our position is false and by doing this deal it's showing we are in it for the long run.
19/01/2011 00:05:00
Yeah he looked over the moon in his conference and mentioned Sunderland more times than his new club. The Spurs fans were right about him and you will see his greedy ways soon enough. Good riddance, one assist in 18 months as we build a team heading up with young and hungry players.
19/01/2011 00:10:00
Sunderland did save Bents career 4th choice at Spurs so poorly thought of even his manager publically humiliated him. Sunderland pay £10 million which was ott at the time I remember Bent winning the catergory of 'Bonkers Buy' if we hadn't stumped up so much god knows where he'd be. What gets me is the whole moving to a big club thing, I had ample amounts of respect for Bent the man single handedly saved us from relegation and for that were thankful but to turn round and state Villa the team Sunderland have beaten twice this season (even away and we have such a ***** poor away record) a team that is struggling at the bottom is bigger than a team in 6th? Yes on the last couple of seasons placings would show Villa to be bigger but if we go on the past all the time Liverpool would still be the best team in the league and Leeds would be challenging champions league but were not! Some people need to live in the present Sunderland are a team capable of beating the best results against City, Arsenal Chelsea, Liverpool and Man U would show we can handle the best in the league and thats the reason were in such a good position at this point and for some team struggling at the bottom with a glass bottom view of the lower leagues to claim they are better when the league clearly show that now at this time and in this season they are not are just delusional. I ve had Villa fans comment and tell us to stop whinging as they are going to jump us as we slide down the table and they go for europe since when did Villa fans become so looped? Be happy that you spent big but also question how can you build on it buying one player no matter how good doesn't make a team Bent wouldn't be a somebody without the midfielders who constantly set him up with clever through balls and don't forget we had him fit all the way to December one injury and your back to square one. Theres no ambition in moving to a club lower than yourself and as stated thats not the Bent who played for us at the press conference I hope for Villas sake it works out because relegation could end up bankrupting the club and you could be the next Pompey.
19/01/2011 00:20:00
Seems strange that some Sunderland fans are so short sighted to think Villa are a club that will be around the relegation places. A bit like Hollowway saying Villa are not a big club anymore so adam's should not come to us. well lets see what Hollowway thinks now! The season is 38 games so lets see where we all finish come the end. Yes one players does not make a team but we already have the team that has been finishing 6th minus Milner but with the very able Albrighton to more than compensate. The issue we have had is all of our forwards have been off form all at the same time and now that will change. Bent goals were responsible for at least six points this season. If you had Abonlahor instead this season you would be now sitting 11th and also you have played an extra game than most. Not being derogatory to your club but bent is smart enough to realise you are not staying sixth all season and that Villa are always up there and there about. If we had Bent the last few seasons we would easily be a champions league team now. He plays with your players every week and do you really think he would leave if he thought you were going places? He see's Villa creating sh-te loads of chances but just not putting them away and think blimey I could bury most of those chances! Your club has still done well out of the deal but I know I would take Bent over 24m every day of the week. I hope that all come out ok as I wish you well, I'm just so glad we have Bent.
19/01/2011 00:40:00
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