'Won't stand for that' - Exclusive: Bent suggests Bilic won't hesitate to bin West Brom big name
Darren Bent suggested West Brom manager Slaven Bilic won’t hesitate to bin attacker Charlie Austin in the January transfer window.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international was asked about Austin looking unhappy after being subbed in the 1-1 draw with Wigan in mid-week and claimed Bilic wouldn’t stand for that attitude.
The 30-year-old rescued a point again Wigan on Wednesday by scoring, but was subbed 30 seconds later, and found himself dropped to the bench for Saturday’s game against Birmingham City.
Austin came off the bench to score twice against Pep Clotet’s side on Saturday to earn the Baggies a 3-2 win, and Bent pointed out his improving goalscoring record wouldn’t save him if his attitude is suss.
When asked what he made of Austin not looking happy after being subbed in mid-week, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah but I think Slaven Bilic is a manager who will not stand for all that nonsense when you come off.
“He just doesn’t seem the type of manager who’d let players get away with that and when you’ve got people like Robson-Kanu there and the way West Brom are playing…if that continues I don’t think Slaven Bilic will have any problems getting rid of him.
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“With January coming up and West Brom doing well, they’re not going to be strugglers for takers who want to be part of that promotion push.
“So for me…yeah Charlie Austin has picked up form but Bilic won’t stand for that type of attitude when players appear to moan when coming off.”
Bilic has sparingly used the 30-year-old forward this season, with him only completing 90 minutes twice in the Championship in the 16 league outings he has made.
Austin joined the Baggies from Southampton in the summer after falling out-of-favour at the Premier League club.
It was even reported in the summer that the Englishman stunned his Southampton teammates by going on a disrespectful rant about Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl.
In other West Brom news, Paul Robinson admitted he was baffled over moment that left one player ‘Not a happy bunny.’