The Premiership Player Profile has finally reached the last profile in our first batch. Today’s profile features Sunderland striker Darren Bent. Following today’s feature, Premiership Player Profiles will continue on Monday and Wednesday as usual.
Darren Bent is currently an England International plying his trade with Steve Bruce’s men, Sunderland.
Bent started his senior career at Ipswich Town in 2001 after spending three years in the youth team. It was at the Tractor Boys that Bent would earn himself the reputation of a ‘top goalscorer’.
At Portman Road, Bent amassed a brilliant effort of 55 goals in 141 games.
It was in 2005 that Bent transferred, having spent four years at Portman Road his goalscoring form caught the eye of rivals Charlton Athletic.
Charlton soon snapped up the player in a £3 million deal and Bent continued his goalscoring for the Addicks by totalling 37 goals in 79 appearances. Bent’s impressive form for Charlton saw a bid put in by West Ham United in which Charlton accepted, only for the former Ipswich man to reject.
Bent eventually agreed to join Tottenham Hotspurs in a deal which saw Spurs’ club record trumped as the England International was signed for £16.5 million. Bent enjoyed a good start to his Spurs career, but after two years, Bent transferred after falling down the strikers pecking order due to the signing of fellow England International, Peter Crouch.
The 25 year old wanted first team football and soon made way to the Stadium of Light for an initial fee of £10 million.
Darren Bent signed for Sunderland in 2009 from Spurs.
Bent enjoyed a good start to his Sunderland career by notching a goal on his debut then going onto score four goals in five Premier League games.
The 25 year old has so far enjoyed his first season with the Black Cats. Aided by goals scored against Champions Manchester United, Top Four candidates Liverpool and League Leaders Chelsea, Bent has so far amassed fourteen goals in 22 games in all competitions.
Bent is Sunderland’s top goalscorer with 14 goals in the Premier League.
Bent’s goalscoring run at Spurs and Sunderland have led to shouts of a call up to the England National Team. His first season with Sunderland (14 goals in 21 games) have made him a front runner for a possible inclusion in the World Cup squad.
From his past, the 25 year old had represented England at Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. His time with the Under-21’s saw Bent score eight goals in fourteen appearances. The Sunderland player eventually received a call up to the Senior team when he was attached to Charlton Athletic. One year later and the striker made his debut in a friendly against Uruguay in 2006.
After some time out of the England first team, Bent went back to the Under 21’s but was soon recalled to the senior team for a Euro 2008 qualifier. He appeared as a substitute in England’s 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley, which saw the hosts eliminated from the forthcoming tournament.
As the World Cup 2010 Qualifiers came to an end, Bent received another call up against Ukraine. As of 2010, Bent has featured five times for his country, with 0 goals to his name.
The 2009/2010 season is a huge season for all England players, but with so many strikers battling out for a World Cup spot, Darren Bent’s current form has certainly put him into contention for a place in Fabio Capello’s England side.
Can Bent continue his goalscoring form and earn a place at the World Cup 2010?
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