One task the Newcastle defense will have tomorrow is to keep Darren Bent from scoring.
Darren Bent – scoring for England at Cardiff recently
As Bent has showed so often in his career, he is a natural goalscorer, and when he gets a chance, he more often than not will put the ball into the back of the net.
Bent was kept under control in the two game she played against Newcastle this season in the Tyne Wear derby games, so this will not be the first time Newcastle have faced the England striker.
Bent is is goalscoring form at the moment having scored for England against Wales last month, and got both of Villa’s goals in the 2-2 at Everton last Saturday.
And of course Bobby Robson tried to bring him to Newcastle when he was still at Ipswich, back in In March of 2003.
Ipswich were in administration, and Ambrose was sold to Newcastle United for £1M, and the sale was ordered by the administrators, and Bobby tried to get Darren Bent at the same time but the deal couldn’t be made.
The Newcastle United manager talked about Darren Bent:
“I am so pleased he has the England shirt and is trying to cement that.” “He is someone who at Charlton, if he had stayed fit, would have kept us up because he missed some key games.”
“The one thing about Darren is he does not get involved for long periods and you think that all is well and he is not going to have a good day.” “Then he goes bang bang and suddenly it is 2-0.”
“He is one where our defenders are going to need 100 per cent concentration because he will bend his run and he will finish.” “Or if you are asleep on a cross he will get across you and score.”
“He is proven at Premier League level. He will score goals, left, right, getting across people, getting to the far post and climbing – he has all the tools you need so you need concentrate for the whole game.”
Bent was at Charlton Athletic for two seasons from 2005 to 2007, and Alan became manager of the club in December of 2006, so he managed Darren Bent for some 5 months.
And of course Charlton were relegated in May of 2007, when they finished second bottom of the league on 34 points, and went down with Watford, who were bottom on 28 points.
Third bottom was Sheffield United, who were on 38 points and were equal in points with Wigan, but had a goal difference of -23 compared to Wigan’s -22 – that was close!
Darren Bent performed at the highest level at Charlton and in 79 appearances he scored 37 goals, and probably the only difficult time he’s had is when he went to Spurs for £16.5M in June 2007.
And even though he was criticized for missing some sitters by manager Harry Redknapp, who once famously said his missus could have even put one of them into the back of the net, he still had a decent record at White Hart Lane.
Bent managed 25 goals in 79 appearances for Tottenham, so that wasn’t too bad. In 371 club games he has scored 158 goals, so this lad can score goals, that’s for sure, and he looked good for England against Wales, in England’s recent 2-0 win.
He has 3 goals in 9 appearances for the full England side, and hit 9 goals for the England U21 side in just 14 appearances.
Bent will definitely be a threat tomorrow for Newcastle, so we have to hope the Newcastle’s defensive play is top notch.