After two seasons in which manager Paul Lambert has simply ignored Aston Villa’s top wage earner Darren Bent (£65K/week), Villa’s American owner Randy Lerner has asked his manager to give Darren Bent a chance next season.
Darren Bent – on the bench at Villa
In the last two seasons, Villa have finished in 15th place – 6th bottom – so they have hardly had much success under the former Norwich City manager.
Lerner is attempting to put the financial books in order at the club, so he has some chance of possibly selling Aston Villa soon, and is unwilling to pay out big bucks for a new striker in the summer.
Both of Villa’s strikers have long term injuries – Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak – so it seems that Bent could be staying at Villa, and that could prevent Alan Pardew from trying for a second summer running, to get his former Charlton striker to Newcastle United.
Since Lambert came in two years ago, two other big wage earners and former Newcastle players – Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia – haven’t had a look in either – and that’s an awful lot of wages sitting on the bench, that Lerner paid out big money for.
But if this news is true, it could bring to an end Newcastle’s pursuit of Darren Bent – although he hardly had a good time of it at Fulham on loan last season, where he was unable to get a starting position at the now relegated club.