Bent the forgotten man
Darren Bent is convinced he was right to join Aston Villa and feels his transfer has been 'forgotten'.
Last Updated: 23/02/11 11:55am
Darren Bent remains convinced he made the right decision in joining Aston Villa and feels his January transfer has been 'forgotten'.
Villa splashed out up to £24million to sign Bent from Sunderland last month and the striker has scored twice in five Premier League appearances for his new club.
However, the transfer window ended in a whirlwind of activity as Bent's move to Villa Park was dwarfed by the big-money deals which took Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres to Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.
Reflecting on the transfer window, Bent said: "It was mad. More so because of Carroll's transfer to Liverpool because he has played half a season in the Premier League and gone for £35million, so it is a bit crazy.
"Someone like Torres is proven in the top-flight and in my opinion is the best striker in the country, and if he goes for £50million you kind of think fair enough.
"It was a bit crazy, but it is the way the game is going at the moment. The money is going up and the stakes are getting raised.
"People have got to do what they've got to do to get players in and get results."
Speaking to the club's official website regarding his fee, Bent said: "It definitely does add pressure.
"Obviously for me it is pressure I have dealt with before because I went to Spurs for big money.
"But I think my transfer fee has obviously now been eclipsed by Torres and Carroll. A lot of people seem to have forgotten about my transfer now, so I've just got on with it.
"At the same time there is pressure whatever the transfer fee and especially when you go to a club and you want to do well.
"If anything you put pressure on yourself to do well."
Bent, though, could not be happier with life at his new club, saying: "Everything has been positive. I definitely made the right decision.
"It's been great to get amongst the goals too, that's certainly been important. When you join a new club, it's always important as a goalscorer to get off the mark."