By Darren Bent

1st Feb, 2020 | 7:37pm

'Could have punched his head off' - Exclusive: Darren Bent raves over 'Brave' Aston Villa ace

Darren Bent has been left raving over the bravery of Aston Villa striker Mbwanna Samatta after he scored his first goal for the club.

The former Villa and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says he was impressed with the way the Villans’ new arrival put his body on the line to find the back of the net.

The 27-year-old, who arrived from Genk during the January transfer window, struck on his Premier League debut but was unable to prevent Bournemouth from going on to pick up a 2-1 victory.

Bent says that it was great to see the Villans new signing willing to risk himself in the pursuit of goals and insists it will do the striker’s manager the world of good too.

“It was brave, really brave,” Bent told Football Insider.

“The ball popped up in the air, he jumped up with the goalkeeper coming out, who could have punched his head off, but he still threw his head in there and chipped it in.

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“Samatta scoring today will do Dean Smith the world of good. People have been questioning him, he had a couple of chances in the cup against Leicester that he didn’t take but that will help Dean Smith settle down a little bit.

“The striker that he signed has got confidence, he’s scored a goal now, you know he’s going to be high-flying now and hopefully he can go on and get some goals.” 

Smith found himself forced to dip into the January transfer market for a striker after losing Wesley Moraes to a season-ending injury, while Jonathan Kodjia was allowed to leave for Qatar.

As well as Samatta, the Villans brought in Borja Baston on deadline day, the Spanish hitman leaving Swansea City on a free transfer.

In other Aston Villa news, Danny Mills has questioned a Villa “superstar” who has been “all over the place”.