'It's a crazy one' - Exclusive: Bent fumes over 'Wasted talent' at Aston Villa
Darren Bent insists that Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish is a “wasted talent” when he is used on the left-hand side of attack.
The former Villa and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 24-year-old is best suited playing in the hole behind the striker.
Dean Smith played Grealish as an attacking midfielder in the League Cup final against Manchester City, the Villans suffering a 2-1 defeat at Wembley.
However, with the Villa talisman used primarily as a left-sided midfielder this season, Bent admits he is not a big fan of how his manager has utilised him.
Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a crazy one because I don’t like it when Jack plays on the left, I think he’s too restricted there. I like him in number 10 role where he can float and do what he wants.
“When you play him out there, you kind of restrict his movement and where he can go, he’s a wasted talent out there but at the end of the day it is what it is.
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“Dean Smith thought that (central) was the best place to play him and it clearly didn’t work. It’s back to reality.”
Grealish has played 30 times across all competitions, scoring nine goals and chipping in with eight assists.
Despite his impressive form, the Villans sit 19th in the Premier League table, two points adrift of safety.
In other Aston Villa news, Alan Hutton has dropped a dressing room reveal after talking to the players after Sunday’s defeat.