In a sensational story, it’s been reported that England and Sunderland forward Darren Bent has handed in a written transfer request. It comes as a shock following Bent’s flourishing performances under Steve Bruce and with Sunderland in an impressive 6th place, everything seemed to be hunky dory.
It’s a move that has shaken the footballing world at its very core and leaves Bent with a tasty selection of clubs who’ve stepped up their pursuit for the out of sorts striker. A Premier League team hot on the heels of Bent seems to be the struggling Aston Villa. Earlier today it was reported that they had launched a hefty bid of £18 million for Bent’s services.
Bent, since joining the Black Cats has netted 36 in 63 appearances for the Black Cats and was understandably happy with life in Tyneside prior to this.
His form for the Black Cats was ignored by England manager Fabio Capello for a World Cup place, also opting to go with Newcastle’s hit man Andy Carroll back in November in England’s loss to France at Wembley.
A club statement from Sunderland reads:
The club can confirm that it received a written transfer request from Darren Bent following yesterday’s Wear-Tyne derby match.”
My personal opinion? It could be wrong but I’m starting to think this ‘greed’ players have adapted has rubbed off on the other big stars and now Darren Bent’s going for broke. Premier League players who have recently been in the limelight regarding transfer request controversy have been Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. It started off similar to this, then the situation ‘miraculously’ resolved themselves with both of the stars receiving a big pay rise in their contracts. If this is what Bent is trying to go for, and with good reason with two years remaining on his contract, I can no longer respect him as a player.