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The one lean patch in Darren Bent's otherwise exemplary career as a striker came during his two-year spell at Tottenham between 2007 and 2009.
Perhaps weighed down by the £16.5 million fee which took him to White Hart Lane and Harry Redknapp's poor man-management (the former Spurs coach famously once said “my missus could have scored that" after Bent missed a simple chance against Portsmouth), Bent struggled in London.
Subsequent moves to Sunderland and Villa have proved that Bent is one of those strikers who thrives when he plays week in, week out. In the four years between him leaving Spurs and the start of this season, the striker scored 50 goals in 96 Premier League appearances.
But this season has seen new manager Paul Lambert drop Bent, perhaps in a bid to show him and the other strikers in the squad that no one's place in the side is safe.
Despite Bent coming off the bench and scoring a valuable equaliser in the previous game at home to West Brom, Lambert again named Bent among the substitutes. The striker was brought on midway through the second half, and he did not manage a single shot on goal.
Hardly surprising, considering he only touched it four times.