Darren Bent has criticised his treatment at the hands of Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, Sky
Bent was frozen out in the Midlands by Lambert, playing only rarely last season as Villa fought against relegation from the top flight. Despite being the club’s record signing, Lambert preferred Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann in his attack, consigning Bent to the sidelines for much of the season. He made only 16 league appearances last season, scoring three goals, having also suffered with injuries.
And matters did not look like improving in the new campaign, with Bent told he could leave Villa Park. The former Sunderland striker has now revealed how hard he found being out of the picture at his parent club. “It was horrible,” Bent said. “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,” he added.
Bent continued: “There were times when I was thinking, ‘Do I really deserve this?’ to be treated like that was bad.” The 29-year-old however believes Craven Cottage can resurrect his career and feels he made the move at the right time, with the World Cup to come at the end of the season. “I’m not just hungry to play football again at Fulham, I’m absolutely starving,” the well-travelled forward said. “I’ve missed out on a couple of major competitions with England, so I just hope this is my year.”
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