Darren Bent, A Good Deal All Round?

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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Perhaps the most surprising and definitely most talked about transfer so far is that of Darren Bent to Aston Villa. The big issue seems to be the fact that Sunderand currently sit 6th whilst Villa are languishing in 17th. It is certainly worth noting that their is only a 12 point difference between the two clubs and Villa have played a game less. Villa have been consistently knocking on the door of the top 4 in the past few years and have undoubtedly had a shocker so far this season. Sunderland on the other hand have been flying for most of this season with their strike force of Bent, Danny Welbeck and Asamoah Gyan helping them to a healthy position as we passed the mid way point of the season. Villa faced massive upheaval just before the start of the season as manager Martin O’Neill left the club after being told that there would be limited funds available to improve the squad. New manager Gerard Houllier has had a tough start to the job and Villa have massively underperformed so far this season. There are some out there that have questioned spending an initial £18 million on Bent, labelling it as a slightly desperate move, there is probably some truth in this. However, the decision was obviously made that they were going to spend big money on a striker and Bent was their chosen man. If truth be told there was not an awful lot of choice, Luis Suarez has been attracting interest from a few Premier League clubs with Ajax demanding £20 million for the striker. Had Villa signed Suarez for that price it is fair to say that few people would have questioned it despite the fact that Suarez is completely unproven in the Premier League. When you look at Bents stats they do show that he has some impressive credentials. It has been well documented that since August 2005 only Drogba and Rooney have scored more Premier League goals than Bent, when you consider that within that time Bent was in a Charlton side that were relegated and endured a unhappy spell at Spurs that stat becomes all the more impressive. His performances this season have been criticised in some quarters yet he has managed 8 league goals in 20 appearances. Villas strike force of Gabby Agbonlahor, John Carew and Emile Heskey have managed just 4 between them this season. A goalscorer is exactly what Villa need and its fair to say its exactly what they are getting. With the service of Ashley Young, Steward Downing and Marc Albrighton you can only imagine that Bent will continue to score goals.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has spoken of his disappointment at Bents decision but in a business sense the Black Cats have made a huge profit even if they have lost their most potent goalscorer. It is safe to predict that Bruce will be given a hefty chunk of the funds to reinvest within the squad whether it be now or in the summer. It may also allow summer signing Gyan to take more a leading role and fulfil the potential that he has shown since his arrival. Although the price tag is hefty Villa have undoubtedly got them self a goal scorer and Sunderland have made some serious money, in the long run it could turn out to be a good deal all round.

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