Aston Villa: Okore backs Bent to shine

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Jores Okore has backed returning striker Darren Bent to find his goal scoring form and be a lethal asset to Aston Villa next .

Bent has only scored six goals in the last campaigns, marking a significant downturn in form his 24-goal at Sunderland, which came just before his big-money move to Villa Park in 2011.

The 13-cap England international was loaned to Fulham last after falling favour with Paul Lambert, but managed just three league goals as the London club were relegated.


The 30-year-old is back with Villa and team-mate Okore has seen enough in pre-season training to believe Bent can be an important part Lambert’s squad.

“Darren is a great player,” he told the club’s website. “He’s an attacker, he knows how to score goals.

“You can see in training – he scores a lot goals.

“Of course, he’s back and he will sharpen the attackers. I think last season we were a bit unlucky in we had a lot of injuries in forward .

“So when they come back, we will have in the team and on the bench. ’s what I am looking forward to.”

Okore missed a large chunk of last season with a knee injury and will be looking to on a stuttering start to his Villa career.