'What Is This About?' - Exclusive: Darren Bent can't believe West Brom news
Darren Bent has been left fuming after a gentleman’s agreement stopped Robert Snodgrass from playing for West Brom against West Ham.
The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested it was “unethical” of the Irons to ask the Baggies to leave the Scottish winger out when selling him this month.
Speaking prior to the 2-1 defeat to the Irons, Allardyce confirmed Snodgrass was unavailable to play due to an agreement between the two clubs prior to his signing.
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Snodgrass joined the Baggies on a permanent deal earlier this month and made his debut in the 3-2 win over Midlands rivals Wolves.
Bent insisted there should have been no way West Ham should have been allowed to ask West Brom to leave their new star out and that it posed an ethical dilemma regarding transfers.
Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a little bit unethical from West Ham’s point to say: ‘Right, he can’t play against us.’
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“It’s kind of like if they were playing in one of the last games of the season, West Brom needed a point to stay up, they were playing West Ham, and Robert Snodgrass couldn’t play because of the agreement, you’d go: ‘What is this about? How is this right?’
“I don’t like it. I don’t think it’s very good. I think if it was a loan deal I can understand but with it being permanent, I don’t really like this agreement.
“I agree that maybe the FA and the Premier League need to have a look at this because it’s about fair play as well.
“He was brilliant against Wolves and if they felt he could help the team against West Ham, then I think they need to have a look at that because I don’t think that’s very fair.”