Darren Bent can reinvigorate his career during his loan spell at Fulham, according to the striker’s former manager Alan Curbishley.
Curbishley, who took Bent from Ipswich to Charlton in June 2005 and managed him for two seasons before the forward moved on to Tottenham, believes that the England international’s record speaks for itself.
We all have our opinions but the statistics don’t lie.Throughout his career Darren has scored close to one goal every two matches and that is impressive. Darren is an out-and-out goalscorer.
The secret is not to ask him to do things which could detract from that. I don’t know what went on at Villa, maybe there was a personality clash or perhaps he couldn’t get in because Christian Benteke was doing so well. When Darren was at Charlton I asked him to play on the shoulder of the last defender and not to worry too much about build-up play. We had Danny Murphy in a three-man midfield that season and he would just pick out Darren who would get right on the end of things.
Bent, who scored 31 league goals in 68 appearances at the Valley, was a surprise omission from Sven-Goran Eriksson’s 2006 World Cup squad.
I was so sure he would be picked I took him off at half-time of our last game of the season at Manchester United to protect him. I was shocked when Sven-Goran Eriksson left him out of the squad.
Curbishley believes that Martin Jol has picked up a couple of considerable bargains during his transfer window business.
Martin doesn’t seem to mind signing experienced players and I can see him [Bent] working really well with Dimitar Berbatov, who likes the ball to feet rather than running in behind. What with Scott Parker in midfield, Fulham have done some shrewd business and I can see them doing well this season.
Bent, who an unused substitute during Fulham’s win at Sunderland last weekend, could make his debut for his new club in the London derby against Arsenal at Craven Cottage on Saturday.