Darren Bent is set to join Bright on loan for 28 days. The deal will be wrapped up within a 48 time period so the 30-year old forward will be available for next weekends round of Championship fixtures. Bent, Villa’s record signing has made only 8 appearances this season, the majority of these came as a substitute. It’s apparent that Bent isn’t wanted by Paul Lambert and a move to Brighton will give him the opportunity to get some game time. It also seems unlikely that Bent will be offered a new contract, Bent’s current deal expires at the end of the season.
Brighton have already brought in Gary Gardner and Joe Bennett. Both have performed well, Gardner has chipped in with a series of assists and a goal or two. Bennett is regaining his confidence, but Bennett still intends to play a role at Aston Villa next season as he matures and improves his overall game.
In other rumours, apparently Aston Villa are recalling Callum Robinson who has had a very successful loan spell at North Preston. Robinson scored a hat-trick in their FA Cup fixture against Havant & Waterlooville and most recently in Preston’s 1-0 victory over Bristol City. This could be Aston Villa’s response to Bent going out on loan. But personally, more game time at Preston would be more beneficial for Robinson, rather than the odd Premier League experience. If Grealish is yet to get some serious game-time, I struggle to see how Robinson will achieve that, especially with Benteke coming back very soon.