Luke Marshall (twitter Id @marshallavfc) has looked at some interesting stats in regards to Bent.
Actually this is a positive post about Darren Bent. I know some people do not rate him highly and some have even suggested he should be sold. If that is correct then these figures over the past two seasons with and without him should give some food for thought.
Over the last 2 seasons
38 games, 13 wins, 14 draws, 11 loses, 48 scored, 48 conceded, 53 points
34 games, 6 wins, 13 draws, 15 loses, 35 scored, 59 conceded, 31 points
In the 11 games Bent has missed this season we have scored just 9 goals and conceded 20. Picking up just 9 points
With Bent: 22 games, 6 wins, 9 draws, 7 defeats, 26 goals, 28 conceded, 27 points
Without Bent: 12 games, 1 win, 6 draws, 5 defeats, 9 goals, 20 conceded, 9 points
I think those figures speak for themselves. Look at yesterday’s game I am convinced that if Bent had played we would have won. In my view if we have any serious ambitions for the future neither he or Gabby should be sold and the whole team built around the two of them.
In simple terms if he had not been injured then we would have been top ten in my view. However injuries are never an excuse for any manager and the ability not to compensate for Bent is Mcleish’s biggest downfall.