Fair comment John. But I'm afraid I like to see more contribution from a stiker than just a goal tally. 15 might seem good but if that's the only contribution then I'm sorry that's not good enough. Keane and Berba both scored 20+ goals and had as many assists. I just can't see Bent having many ticks in the assisting column. Strickly my opinion.
That's the good thing about footie - we all have our differing opinions. I'm not also saying that I think Bent is great - but I do think that he's adequate at the moment. Obviously I'd rather have Keane/Berba back as a partnership again, but given that's a no-no, then Keane/Defoe will have to be paired with Bent/Pav - and I think Bent/Defoe was what they (back with BMJ) hoped would originally happen naturally - giving two interchangeable partnerships K & B and D & B.
I think that Bent lacks at holding the ball up - something that Berba is exceptional at. And I haven't seen enough of Pav to tell.
So, given all that are what pairings would you see occurring - or if Bent goes (and assuming we need 4 strikers to last through a season in all competitions) who do you bring in and pair with who?
I had expected to see: Keane/Pav Defoe/Bent With possibly Keane/Defoe being given a better trial.
Irrespective of what Bent says, most clubs now have more than just 2 strikers anyway (so someone is always disappointed), so unless 'arry has said that he prefers to keep Campbell rather than Bent, I would have thought Bent would have got a fair crack of the whip over the coming months. I just wonder how 'arry 'll keep both Keane and Defoe happy - as one of them always dipped out in the past.