Darren Bent Would Be a Smart Signing for Newcastle
The Magpies are in need of a summer revamp, with a replacement for Demba Ba still on the cards. Despite Bent's poor recent campaign, a switch to Tyneside may well be what he needs to salvage his career. Tips on horses can be hard to come by, but it is clear that Bent still has what it takes to score goals consistently in the Premier League.
Bent had a thoroughly miserable 2012-13. The England international suffered injury early in the campaign, and struggled to fully regain his fitness as opportunities were limited in the Villa first team.
Paul Lambert preferred to start with Belgian wonderkid Christian Benteke in attack, and this was vindicated as the new man scored 19 Premier League goals to play a considerable role in saving Villa's top-flight status.
Despite Bent's lack of opportunities last term, and poor return of only three goals, at 29 years old he still has the ability to score consistently for a team like Newcastle.
Should Bent stay injury free and get a good preseason under his belt, there is no reason why he can't lead the St James' Park line alongside Papiss Cisse next term.
Alan Pardew managed Bent at Charlton and as such knows what the forward is capable of when in the mood. Many are writing the attacker off; however, he has shown in the past that he has the attributes and ability to score consistently in the top flight.
His goal-scoring record at all the clubs he has played for is good, and at Newcastle he would be offered a clean slate.
Newcastle stand to take advantage of Bent's poor season. The forward would most likely be willing to take a cut on his existing wages to end the despair of his time at Villa Park, and will be available for significantly less than what Villa bought him from Sunderland for.
At a reduced price tag and with the correct support network, Bent could well be the man to shoot Newcastle back to the top half of the table next term.
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