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Sunderland feeling affects of injuries and absence of Bent

The Stadium of Light hasn't had been so bright for Sunderland sincethe sale of Darren Bent to Aston Villa during the January transfer window. (Courtesy Les Hull)

By Ryan Fleming

It can be hard to swallow, but the exit of Darren Bent has directly led to the downfall of Sunderland. Digest it fully, because it’s true. When Bent, an England international, was shipped to Aston Villa for 15m, manager Steve Bruce maintained that the team would trudge on without it’s best player.

Nothing that Sunderland has done backs up what the one time Manchester United star has said, and the most recent 3-0 loss to Fulham at the Stadium of Light further exemplifies the utter struggles that the team inherited.

In the team’s most recent loss, Bruce relied heavily on Stéphane Sessègnon up front to provide the needed attack while Asamoah Gyan, Danny Welbeck and Frazier Campbell sat out due to injury. The almost-forced experiment was a complete failure.

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Bent move makes sense now and Arsenal setting up title challenge

Darren Bent's exspensive move to Aston Villa was highly criticized, but it proved to be the right move last weekend. Bent's goal sealed an important win for Villa over Manchester City. (Courtesy Bad English Flickr)

By Ryan Fleming

It makes you think that maybe, just maybe these managers know what they are doing. A week after acquiring £24 million man Darren Bent from Sunderland, Aston Villa not only played with Manchester City, but beat them thanks to Bent’s first-half strike, not to mention impeccable keeping from American international Brad Friedel.

Personally, I have a soft spot for Sunderland, so after seeing him go, and the way it all happened, I was rather disgusted to see that outcome, but it got me thinking.

Perhaps Gerard Houllier does know what he is doing and maybe Steve Bruce, despite losing his No. 1 scoring threat can still get things done. Aston Villa had to dig deep, but they picked up Bent to assure that the club would remain above the relegation zone. My initial thoughts were skeptical. How could one player ensure that a club doesn’t go off the deep end and begin next season in the Championship? At least for now, the ex-Liverpool manager is looking pretty smart.

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