By Darren Bent

6th Mar, 2020 | 7:00am

Exclusive: Darren Bent makes 'Surprise' Wolves player transfer claim

Darren Bent admits he is “surprised” that none of the bigger sides have pushed the boat out to sign Wolves wing-back Matt Doherty.

The former Derby and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the 28-year-old impressed him in an “awful” side when he played against Wolves a couple of years ago.

The Republic of Ireland international has played 289 times during his time at Molineux, keeping his place in the starting XI despite an influx of new money and fresh talent.

Bent insists that the former Bury man has all the qualities of a top-quality full-back and that he expected a big club to snap him up from Wolves’ grasp.

Bent told Football Insider: “Do you know what with Doherty? I played against Wolves four years ago maybe, and they were awful, I’m talking awful, but he was decent.

“I always used to say that in a better side, he’d be a good player, he’d be even better and he’s just got better and better. He’s a modern-day full-back.

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“Good with his feet, can play little one-twos, can finish great goals. I’m a big fan of his and against Spurs he was brilliant, really on the front foot, good understanding with Traore. 

“I really like, he’s one that surprised me that none of the big boys have gone: ‘You know what, I quite like him, maybe we’ll take a chance on him.’ He’s such a good modern-day full-back.” 

Doherty has played a total of 37 times across all competitions this season, scoring seven goals and chipping in with three assists.

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