Let me preface this brief blurb by saying that Darren Bent, at no point in his career, was ever worth £24 million. Not even close.
If it weren't for some bigger sums being paid for the services of the likes of Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll in recent years, Bent's transfer would surely rank as one of the most inflated in the history of strikers moving clubs.
He is, at best, a top-class poacher with a happy knack of often being in the right place at the right time.
His speed is often exaggerated, his attitude questionable, his work rate (despite the sweat dripping from his shirt in the picture) is poor at best and his finishing overrated.
That being said, he scores goals. His career strike rate in the Premier League is a tad under a goal every two games, which isn't completely terrible.
But the future of Aston Villa seems to lie primarily in the hands of new signing Christian Benteke, leaving Bent's position at the club rather marginalised.
A move away from the Midlands needs to happen sooner rather than later because even though he is still only 28 years old, he seems a very old and sluggish 28.