Exclusive: Darren Bent bitterly disappointed by Villa forward after significant admission


Darren Bent has revealed his bitter disappointment at Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan admitting he is looking to secure a permanent move away from the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa and England striker says that Hogan, who was shipped out on loan to Stoke City this summer, should be trying to force his way back into Dean Smith’s plans rather than looking at moving on.

When asked if he was looking to turn his temporary stay into a permanent one at Stoke, the 26-year-old said: “Yes, hopefully, if all fits. That’s what I plan on doing.”

The 27-year-old’s admission has left Bent severely disappointed, insisting he is a good forward who should be looking at playing for his parent club at the end of his temporary stint away.

Bent told Football Insider: “I would have liked to see him say: ‘I’m going to Stoke this season, score a lot of goals, get back to my best form and try force my way back into that Villa side.’

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“The Premier League, there’s nothing better. You can play as many Championship games as you want, it’s not a patch on the Premier League. I wanted Scott to say he’s willing to fight for his spot, trying to get back into Villa.

“I’d like to see him do this talking after a successful spell at Stoke rather than beforehand. He’s a good striker.” 

Hogan has already got off the mark for the Potters in his opening four appearances, scoring against Derby County in a 2-2 draw.

He struggled to hit the goal trail at Villa Park, netting just 10 times in 61 appearances, and found himself loaned out to Sheffield United for the second half of last season.

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