Rumour has it, that Aston Villa want £8m for Darren Bent. Whether or not that’s accurate remains to be seen, but it would be a surprise if Randy Lerner’s priority isn’t simply to get the forward off his wage bill – hence, that £8m might be a little lower.
Hull City is a really good fit for Bent for a variety of reasons.
The Villa forward, as I’ve written before, is someone who needs to be the centre of attention wherever he goes – essentially, to get proper production out of him, he needs to feel like a star, and like the main attraction. Interestingly, whenever he actually has to fight for a first-team place, at Tottenham and latterly at Villa, his form has a tendency of nosediving. Whether that’s the product of an underlying confidence problem or a tendency to sulk, who knows, but it’s a distinctive trend throughout his career.
At The KC Stadium, Bent has the opportunity to work under Steve Bruce again, and with a manager who is already sold on his abilities as a goal-scorer.
From a Hull City perspective, the benefit is clear: goals. Bent may not contribute anything outside of the box, but having someone capable of taking chances at this level is a prerequisite for Premier League survival.
If the player’s ego can cope with joining a newly-promoted side, then this might be the perfect place for him to reinvigorate his career – and if the fee is lower than £8m, then Hull aren’t going to find a better forward for anything less.