Exclusive: Bent hopes Smith has 'Quiet word' with Aston Villa player ahead of Newcastle clash
Darren Bent shared that he hopes Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has a quiet word with Frederic Guilbert over his disciplinary record ahead of the clash with Newcastle United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Villans attacker admitted that he didn’t think Smith would be too fazed about Guilbert’s knack for picking up yellow cards but still hoped the manager would advise him to be wary.
Guilbert picked up his fourth booking of the season in the 2-1 loss to Wolves, which means he is one yellow card away from receiving a one-match suspension.
Bent revealed that he didn’t think Smith could complain about Guilbert’s disciplinary record as the Villans boss knew that the right-back was prone to a booking or two ahead of signing him in the summer.
When asked if Smith will be sweating over Guilbert being one booking away from a suspension ahead of the clash against Newcastle United, Bent told Football Insider: “I’m not sure he will (be sweating) just because when Dean Smith signed him, he knew about this record so it obviously doesn’t bother him that much but you’d like to think that Smith has had a quiet word with him and say listen, take your foot off the gas a little bit as we can’t afford to lose you for games.
“But at the same time, he can’t really have any complaints as he knew the record when he signed him.”
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The 24-year-old right-back has been booked 25 times since the start of the 2017/18 season so his reputation proceeds him.
Guilbert has regularly featured for the Villans this season after joining from French club SM Caen as he has played 11 times across all competitions.
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