200(176 starts) matches - 86 goals.
And remember, he is still young, only 22 years and he has scored goals constantly during his career,
86 in 176 starts, less than 1 in 2, for teams that aren't exactly the cream of the Premiership (I know not all those goals are in the Prem but it's still a good record)
the lad looks to me like one of those players that technically isn't the best, but is quick enough and good enough in the air to score goals throughout his career. A no-nonsense finisher.
We had one before in Ian Rush and he turned out OK. So did John Aldridge.
Sir Andrew of the Cole is another one that Bent could seek to emulate. Slag Cole off all you like, and everyone did, but his goalscoring record spoke for itself. So did Les Ferdinand's.
Make a run, stick it in the net. Simple as that.
This may be heresy to some but Samuel Eto'o isn't exactly Ronaldinho either. But he can make a run and stick it in the net.
Bent would be a cheaper option than Eto'o. But would he be cheap enough to make him worth going for instead of just going for Eto'o himself ? It's very difficult to gauge how realistic the prices being bandied around are. Would Eto'o really cost £40m ? If he did, how much have we REALLY got in the bank once you take away the bluster from Tom Dick and George about money being no object if Rafa wants someone ?
I'd say Bent is a possibility, but it's difficult to be too confident about any potential signing because I've lost any notion I may once have had that I could understand what Benitez wants from his stikers. I woulkd never have predicted any of our current lot. Signing Crouch was a shock. So was Kuyt. So was Bellamy. So was Fowler. So was Voronin. That's 5 out of 5.
So even if "evidence" suggests that he must surely be interested in eg. Tevez, latin player, proven talent, Javier's mate, proven (now) in the Prem, blah blah blah, just watch Benitez go and sign someone completely different. Again.