Bent blasts Villa treatment

Darren Bent has blasted Aston Villa for subjecting him to a 'horrible' time prior to securing a loan switch to Fulham.

Last Updated: 20/08/13 at 10:27 Post Comment

Darren Bent: Hopes loan move to Fulham will help to reignite his career

Darren Bent: Hopes loan move to Fulham will help to reignite his career

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Bent has moved to Craven Cottage on a season-long loan after being frozen out of the first-team picture at Villa under Paul Lambert.

Despite Villa spending much of last season battling to avoid relegation, Bent was regularly overlooked.

He has suffered his fair share of injuries in recent times, but he managed just 16 Premier League appearances in 2012/13 - netting three goals.

Bent hopes a move to Fulham will help to reignite his career, with the 29-year-old determined to start enjoying his football again and force his way back into the England fold in time for the 2014 World Cup.

He said on his treatment at Villa under Lambert: "It was horrible. It wasn't so much the injuries - although they didn't help - it was just the uncertainty.

"I understand that not every player can be every manager's cup of tea.

"But to be alienated like that, to be kicked out of the first team dressing room when I've played a long time and when I'm an international, just felt a bit disappointing.

"There were times when I was thinking, 'Do I really deserve this?' to be treated like that was bad.

"I'm not just hungry to play football again at Fulham, I'm absolutely starving.

"I've missed out on a couple of major competitions with England, so I just hope this is my year."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: FA charges Chelsea striker Diego Costa over 'stamp' on Liverpool's Emre Can

The FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Transfer news: Arsenal complete the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel on a long-term deal, for an undisclosed fee.

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell going to the Spanish club on loan.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company