With the news that Darren Bent has handed in a transfer request at Sunderland, a day after their 1-1 draw with rivals Newcastle United in front of his adoring fans at the Stadium of Light, the England striker now looks set to sign for Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in a shock move.
The former Tottenham and Charlton forward has scored eight times this season in the Premier League for the Black Cats, but only once since the start of December. Since joining the Wearsiders in the summer of 2009, Darren Bent has scored 32 goals, 43% of Sunderland's total in this period.
|D.Bent - Premier League||2010/11||2009/10||Since Joining Sunderland|
|Minutes on Pitch||1749||3388||5137|
|Mins per Goal||218.6||141.2||160.5|
|Shots on Target||20||55||75|
|Shots off Target||29||40||69|
|Chance Conversion %||16.3%||25.3%||22.22%|
Looking at goals scored in the Premier League since Bent's return to the top-flight in 2005/06, only Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba (both 82) have scored more than the man who now looks set for Villa Park (81).