Darren Bent has insisted Ahmed Elmohamady still has plenty to offer as he heads into the final six months of his contract at Aston Villa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Sunderland and England striker admitted he was amazed his old teammate was still going and suggested – partly tongue-in-cheek – that he could head to Newcastle United to link up with Steve Bruce once again.
The 33-year-old signed a new one-year contract extension last year, meaning he will become a free agent at the end of the season if he does not commit to new terms at Villa Park.
The right-back has played a bit-part role behind summer signing Matty Cash this season with just one Premier League start in seven appearances across all competitions.
Bent has admitted he was not sure how his former Sunderland teammate would get on in the Premier League as time went on but insisted the Egypt international had exceeded expectations.
“Knowing him, he’ll probably end up at Newcastle because he seems to follow Steve Bruce absolutely everywhere, so it would not surprise me if he joins Newcastle,” Bent told Football Insider.
“He took him to Sunderland, he took him to Hull City, took him to Villa I’m telling you now, I guarantee you, he’s gonna end up at Newcastle. Listen, he’s been a great servant, I played with Elmo back in the day, a great guy, really nice guy.
“He’s lasted a lot longer than potentially I thought he would have done. I thought maybe he might struggle a little bit but he hasn’t done that.
“He’s got a great delivery, one thing about him, when he gets the ball out his feet and he puts a cross in, it’s absolutely top, top quality.
“It is a big decision for him to make but listen, I still think he’s got a couple years in him, he looks after himself, still looks really fit and superb, I’m glad that he’s still going.”