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Sunderland Striker Darren Bent Targets Golden Boot: What a Difference a Year Makes!

Stadium of Light hero looks to continue marvelous season.

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Sunderland striker Darren Bent believes it is not out of the question that he might see out the season as the Premier League’s top scorer.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a superb season with the Black Cats since joining from Tottenham in the summer.

His current tally of 23 is four-shy of top scorer Wayne Rooney and just three less than Didier Drogba.
Bent netted a brace in the 3-1 over his former club last time but that could easily have been more had he converted two missed penalty kicks.

“The one thing that disappointed me about last weekend was the missed penalties because if I had scored them, I would have been right in the mix with Rooney and Drogba,” said Bent.

“But I was happy to get two goals in a great win for us and it is definitely still a motivation for me to finish as the top scorer.

“If you can do that in this league, then you have made your mark.” (Sky Sports)

When Darren Bent missed a sitter against Portsmouth last January, an incident that of course led to Harry Redknapp famously stating that his missus could have put the ball in the back of the net from that range, it became clear that the England international’s time at White Hart Lane was indeed coming to an end.

Now here we are in April and the Sunderland man could not have answered his critics more emphatically. The 26 year old Black Cats man has netted 22 times this term, which is an incredible Premier League tally considering he is performing for a team that has been mediocre at best this term. The former Ipswich trainee has in fact scored almost 50% of all the goals Steve Bruce’s outfit has managed this term, but that perhaps says as much about the club’s lack of effective attacking options than it does Bent’s striking abilities.

The Sunderland man could now find himself on his way to South Africa this summer and it would be fairly unjust if Darren Bent didn’t find himself in Fabio Capello’s final squad for the World Cup, one can only hope that the Italian doesn’t ask Redknapp’s advice on the matter.

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