Darren Bent reveals Aston Villa misery after joining Fulham
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner used to call Darren Bent the postman because ‘he always delivered’ although the striker barely got a look-in under manager Paul Lambert last season.
August 20th, 2013
Christian Benteke was installed as the main striker pretty much as soon as the campaign began, with Bent limited to bit-part appearances, with the forward having now arrived at Fulham on loan in a bid to claim a World Cup spot for England next summer.
Bent is delighted to have made the move away from the Midlands club and will hope to make his debut this coming weekend, having been mystified by his treatment at the hands of Lambert last season.
“It’s been a long, long summer,” said the striker. “There’s been a lot of speculation about where I was going to go and where I was going to play my football but it was Fulham who did the most work in getting me to the club and that’s why I’m their player.
“It was really difficult at Villa because we weren’t allowed to play in any matches, a few of us were kind of alienated to train with the kids. It has been difficult. There were times when I was thinking‚ ‘Do I really deserve this?’ It’s all well and good not being part of the squad but to be treated like we have is bad.
“It was horrible. It wasn’t so much the injuries, although they certainly didn’t help, it was just the uncertainty. There were times I was in the squad and times I wasn’t and there was just no explanation why. I understand that not every player can be every manager’s cup of tea but to be alienated like that, to be kicked out of the first-team dressing room, when I’ve played a long time, when I’m an international, just felt a bit disappointing.”