Fulham announced the signing of Darren Bent on a season-long loan deal from Aston Villa on 16th August 2013.
Born in Tooting, London, the striker made his name with Ipswich Town having joined the club at the age of 14 in 1998. Immediately impressing with his pace and finishing ability, he made himself a fixture in the first team and scored 56 goals in 141 appearances before moving on to Charlton Athletic in 2005.
Four goals in his first four appearances for the London club showed his skills once more and he received Charlton's player of the season award in the 2005/06 season with a haul of 18 league goals. He had made his debut for England against Uruguay, before finishing the 2006/07 term as Charlton's top scorer once again, with 13 goals.
Tottenham Hotspur swooped to sign him in 2007 and paid a reported club-record fee of £16.5m to bring him to White Hart Lane. His first season at the club saw him win the League Cup and he managed 17 in 41 appearances to finish top scorer in 2008/09.
Choosing to move to Sunderland at the end of that season, Bent became an instant fan favourite and bagged 25 goals in 40 appearances in his first campaign up north. Such was his impact that, in January 2011, Aston Villa came in with a huge offer – worth supposedly £24m – to sign him and, despite only joining midway through the season, he finished top scorer with nine goals.
The following two seasons at Villa Park saw Bent continue to score but, after problems with injury, he slipped down the pecking order and Fulham moved to bring him in on loan ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.
His pace and finishing ability make him a proven Premier League goalscorer and there is no doubt he will be a big hit at the Cottage.
|Substitutions (On / Off)||5 / 4|
|Minutes per goal||274.0|
|» Left Foot||3|
|» Inside Box||3|
|Shooting Accuracy (On Target / Off Target)||9 / 4|
|Goals to shots ratio||0.2|
|Dribbles (Successful / Unsuccessful)||1 / 1|
|Crosses (Successful / Unsuccessful)||1 / 8|
|» Short (Successful / Unsuccessful)||103 / 43|
|» Long (Successful)||3|
|» Own Half (Successful / Unsuccessful)||26 / 6|
|» Oppositions Half (Successful / Unsuccessful)||81 / 45|
|» Inside Box / Outside Box||13 / 2|
|Tackles (Won / Lost)||4 / 0|
|Duels (Won / Lost)||28 / 61|
|» Ground Duels (Won / Lost)||7 / 16|
|» Aerial Duels (Won / Lost)||21 / 45|
|Fouls (Committed / Suffered)||8 / 2|