Aston Villa boss slams the £18m striker
Darren Bent has all but disappeared from the Premier League since joining Aston Villa and blames this fall on boss Paul Lambert – but the 45 year old says Bent must be honest with himself before passing the blame onto others.
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The former England striker’s career with Villa appears over with the 30 year old moving on loan to Derby County for the remainder of the season, and will be a free agent in the summer when his contract expires.
Bent has scored just 25 goals in 72 appearances for The Claret and Blues – and combined with the £18m transfer fee and £55,000 per week wages, each goal has come at a considerable price for the club.
“I think Darren has got to be honest with himself. If you ask anyone here, or any of his team-mates, they’d tell you it’s nothing personal,” Lambert was quoted by the Daily Star.
The Villa boss insists the forward’s poor time in Birmingham was not due to a personal falling out between the pair, but rather a lack of performance on the football pitch by the former Tottenham Hotspur attacker.