Darren Bent has claimed that Danny Drinkwater’s situation at Aston Villa is “crazy” after his bust-up with teammate Jota.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villan suggested that the 30-year-old is unlikely to play for his loan club again following the incident.
As reported by the BBC earlier in the week, Drinkwater was sent home from training by manager Dean Smith after “clashing” with Jota.
Bent has claimed, irrespective of the controversy, Drinkwater was always going to struggle to get himself up to speed for a relegation battle after having played so little football in recent times.
“It’s crazy,” he told Football Insider. ““It’s going to be difficult for Drinkwater, and I don’t think he’s done himself any favours.
“Whether we see much more of him, I’m not quite sure, but he’s still good enough to play in the Premier League.
“When they brought Drinkwater in it was a case of him not having played enough football consistently for the past couple of years, so by the time they got him he just couldn’t get up to speed.
“I mean, the first game against Manchester City was crazy. It was criminal putting him straight back in there. He just can’t seem to get his legs back.
“He just needs to be afforded some time to get back to his best.”
Drinkwater has struggled to make an impact at Villa Park since arriving in January, and has just four Premier League appearances to his name.
The midfielder spent the first half of the season on loan at Burnley, where he registered just one top flight outing.
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