Fulham have agreed a deal with Aston Villa to sign striker Darren Bent on a season-long loan.
Fulham Manager Martin Jol said: “Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired. He has shown in the Barclays Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal but, even if he is not scoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creating opportunities for his teammates. I’m delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace up front and I am confident that he will add to our goals scored tally this season.”
The move will be a welcome one by Bent who wasn’t able to fit into Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert’s system, and was overshadowed by Christian Benteke who is a much different type of striker than Bent.
According to the Fulham website, “[Bent] is reunited with Martin Jol, who signed the England international from Charlton Athletic in 2007 whilst manager of Tottenham Hotspur. He has scored four goals in 13 appearances for England, his first for his country in 2010 against Switzerland away in a Euro 2012 Qualifying match.”
Bent is eligible to play in Fulham’s match this Saturday against Sunderland.
One interesting aspect for Martin Jol will be to see if he can play Adel Taarabt, Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov in the same side. Taarabt doesn’t track back. And Bent is more of an excellent goal poacher, not known for tracking back either. Playing both players near the free-role that Berbatov has could be dangerous, but also very exciting at the same time.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa has announced that Nathan Delfouneso has rejoined Blackpool on loan until January 1.