Darren Bent says he was “miserable” when he wasn’t playing football throughout his career — and Robert Snodgrass has joined West Brom for similar reasons.
Bent made his comments in exclusive conversation with Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge after the 28-time Scotland international signed an 18-month Hawthorns deal, joining from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.
Snodgrass played 86 times for the Hammers over the course of three seasons but has just four minutes of Premier League football to his name in 2020-21.
Bent acknowledged the “weird” stop-start nature of the 33-year-old’s career so far but thinks he will be an asset to Sam Allardyce in his bid to avoid a first Premier League relegation as a manager.
He told Football Insider: “He’s been a weird one. He’s got bags of ability, and I like him. But at West Ham, he seemed to come in, do really well, then go back out again.
“But he’s not getting younger, he needs to go and play somewhere.
“With his experience, he can really go and help someone now.
“If you look at the way West Ham play now, the dynamics of their team, I can understand why he didn’t fit in there as such.
“But I think, going forward, he needed to go somewhere play week-in, week-out and enjoy the upcoming seasons in his career.
“Lots of people want to stay at Premier League clubs, even if they’re not playing, just because it’s the Premier League… There’s more exposure, there’s more money.
“I was at Aston Villa and I didn’t want to sit there and not play. So I went on loan to Brighton, I went to Derby because at the end of the day it was making me miserable not playing.
“Maybe he needs to feel loved again.”
Snodgrass has a wealth of experience playing for relegation-threatened teams in the Premier League.
West Ham flirted with the drop last season, and Snodgrass has played for both Norwich and Hull City as they too fought to beat relegation in previous years.