The Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said that he does not have to defend his decision to drop the striker Darren Bent from the match against Arsenal during the weekend. The striker was once again left out of the starting line-up for the match against Reading. Aston Villa won the match 1-0 after a late goal from the summer signing Benteke. This win helped them get clear of the relegation zone. Paul Lambert has not used the striker Darren Bent, who was at £ 24 million signing back in 2011, often this season. This has led to transfer rumours linking the England international with a move from the club in the January transfer window.

Lambert has failed to give a clear reasons to drop the England striker from the starting line-up, despite the fact that he is once again fit. Bent suffered a number of injury problems at the start of the new season, but he has been 100% fit for the last two matches against Arsenal and Reading. Apart from the 5-0 defeat against Manchester City, it has been a good few weeks for the club, as they have been able to get a few results on the board. Lambert, however, has said that Bent still figures in his plans for the future.

“Darren Bent just has to play well and train well. He has a future, everybody has. I’ve got nothing against anybody in the club, I’ve got 25 lads to look after. I just read the team out – there is nothing whatsoever in that. I’ve got a football club to try to look after. I’m delighted for the team – we won the game. He’s done fantastic for me. He was up against a big lad. It was a fantastic header,” said Paul Lambert after the match.