Peter Withe: 'Aston Villa should sell Darren Bent'

Withe: 'Villa should sell Bent'
© PA Photos
Aston Villa legend Peter Withe believes that it would benefit all parties if the club sold Darren Bent this summer.

Aston Villa legend Peter Withe has said that it would benefit all parties if the club sold Darren Bent this summer.

Manager Paul Lambert is reportedly willing to part company with Villa's record signing for a fee in the region of £8m.

Withe, who scored 74 goals in 182 appearances for Villa during the 1980s, believes that the 29-year-old, who moved to Villa Park in January 2011 and has two years to run on his current contract, needs a new challenge.

"When he was signed for big money, Villa didn't have anyone to score goals, so he was the focal point in the team," Withe told the Birmingham Mail. "All of a sudden in football different managers have different ideas about players and he's maybe not seen as an integral part by Paul Lambert.

"When you go from being the main goalscorer to being on the bench, it has an effect on you mentally. There is loads of speculation about the transfer fee and all that but at the end of the day it's about you getting into the team and performing.

"If that is not going to happen with Darren Bent at Villa any longer, for whatever reason, then it is probably best for him and the club if he does move on and seek a new challenge."

Bent married Kirsty Maclaren, who is the former fiancee of Liam Ridgewell, earlier this month.

The newly-wed couple are currently honeymooning in Barbados.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Read Next:
Five players Newcastle should sign
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Premier League
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Premiership
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Primeira Liga
Russian Premier League
Turkish Super Lig
Major League Soccer
1Leeds UnitedLeeds96211751220
2Wolverhampton WanderersWolves9621159620
3Cardiff CityCardiff9621148620
4Preston North EndPreston944193616
6Ipswich TownIpswich85031411315
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd850386215
8Bristol City93511510514
9Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds8341107313
10Aston Villa93421210213
11Queens Park RangersQPR93331212012
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest94051215-312
13Norwich CityNorwich9333812-412
15Derby CountyDerby83231212011
17Hull City92341516-19
19Burton Albion9234615-99
23Birmingham CityBirmingham9126513-85
24Bolton WanderersBolton9027419-152