Bent reveals frustration at Aston Villa

Striker Darren Bent has revealed that he left Aston Villa on Thursday to join Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion on loan because he had received too many ‘slaps in the face’, Sky Sports has reported.

The former England international has rarely been given a look-in at Villa since manager Paul Lambert took over in the summer of 2012, spending a lot of time on the bench with Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann among those preferred.

Last season was spent on loan at Fulham, and since that came to an end he has returned to being a bit-part player in the West Midlands, with the occasional appearance as a substitute, with that status having not changed despite Villa’s massive struggles in front of goal in recent weeks.

And Bent claims that was one of the main reasons for his temporary move to Sami Hyypia’s Seagulls. He said: “In Paul’s first season it was difficult but this last season has been a bit more difficult because pre-season went well, he brought me back in but even though the team struggled to score goals and win matches I still wasn’t given an opportunity to play.

“There are only so many slaps in the face you can take before you have to go and look elsewhere. It’s (the move to Brighton) just about getting back to playing games again, it’s been far too long not playing football and it’s a chance to play some games and get some sharpness back.”

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