Following the earlier guff about Darren Bent storming out, coupled with the genuine curiosity as to why he didn’t make the bench tonight, Paul Lambert was asked an obvious question.
In quotes carried by Sky Sports following the game, Lambert insisted that Bent has a future at the club and was still in his plans, but simply Bent had to earn his involvement like everybody else.
‘He just has to play well and train well, that’s a simple one. I’m not going to break something or reinvent the wheel. That is something that football people understand. He just has to play well and at the end of the day, it’s always my decision. I need everyone at the football club to perform and try and do well.’
Can’t see that squashing the rumours myself, although it does once again point to Lambert wanting more rounded play from Darren, but he is a finisher foremost, and surely you have a player like that on the bench for unforeseen eventualities, even if Jordan Bowery has trained hard enough to deserve the bench spot. Have both?
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