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For those who simply don't follow Aston Villa too intently, the idea of leaving record-signing £24-million man Darren Bent out of the starting XI might seem strange. Here's a timeline.
During preseason, Bent was handed the captain's armband in the absence of any genuine leaders in a young team.
Unfortunately, it had an adverse effect on his play. The England international failed to score in the first four league games and consequently had the armband stripped.
Paul Lambert looked to the defensive line for leadership and promptly found it in Dutch international Ron Vlaar, leaving Bent feeling devalued.
With Villa failing to give Bent the service he thrives on, Christian Benteke was brought in for £7 million from Genk.
The Belgian scored on his debut against Swansea, then shone against Manchester City, Sunderland and Manchester United.
Bent's injury meant he was never able to threaten the Belgian just as he hit stride, so right now he's locked out of the team.