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Fulham boss Martin Jol added to his options up front last week by acquiring Darren Bent from Aston Villa on a season-long loan, with a view to making the deal permanent at the end of the current campaign. The 29-year-old’s arrival continues a summer of restructuring that has seen Jol target experience campaigners, with the likes of Maarten Stekelenburg, Fernando Amorebieta, Adel Taarabt and Scott Parker also added to the Cottagers’ ranks:

Jol had recently admitted he was desperate to find a solution to his striking problems, with far too much reliance placed on Dimitar Berbatov to deliver. Beating off the challenge of Crystal Palace and Newcastle, the Fulham boss was delighted to land his man:

“Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired. He has shown in the Barclays Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal but, even if he is not scoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creating opportunities for his teammates. I’m delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace up front and I am confident that he will add to our goals scored tally this season.”

The History

A product of the Ipswich Town youth system, Bent’s career got underway back in 2001. After scoring 48 goals in 122 appearances across four seasons in the top-flight and Championship, he was snapped up by then-Premier League Charlton in June 2005. His eye for goal flourished at the Valley, with 31 goals and an assist in just 68 appearances catching the eye of Tottenham, with the north London outfit shelling out £16.5m for his services in the summer of 2007.

Bent’s time at the Lane proved frustrating, though. With 28 of his 60 appearances coming courtesy of the subs’ bench, he notched 18 times and provided seven assists before Harry Redknapp sold him off to Sunderland in July 2009. A first season on Wearside was hugely successful – installed as the Black Cats’ first-choice forward, Bent started all 38 league matches and racked up 24 goals and four assists. Having produced eight goals and an assist over 20 appearances in 2010/11, Bent moved again, making his way to Villa during the winter transfer window.

Bent’s time at the midlands got off to a strong start. Up and running with nine goals in 16 matches, his prospects dipped with the arrival of Alex McLeish in 2011/12 – he gathered nine goals in 22 games but his season came to an abrupt end after sustaining a knee injury. With McLeish gone and Paul Lambert installed in the Villa hotseat, Bent’s chances were dealt a further blow by the arrival of Christian Benteke. Playing second fiddle to the Belgian, Bent mustered a mere sixteen appearance, with eight off the bench, and found the net just three times in his final year in the midlands. On the international stage, the 29-year-old has produced five goals and an assist over 13 appearances for England.

The Prospects

Bent’s arrival at the Cottage could, potentially, hand Fantasy managers a viable mid-price contender for their three-man frontlines over the season ahead. Coming in at 6.5 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), he is likely to be fielded as the most advanced forward in Jol’s 4-4-1-1 formation and with a security of starts seemingly on the cards, will surely be targeted once his match-sharpness is up to scratch.

The downside, however, is the likely effect on Dimitar Berbatov’s potential. The Bulgarian thrived as Fulham’s main forward in 2012/13 – with Bryan Ruiz supplying the creativity from behind, the former United man notched 163 points in FPL last term but he now looks set to drop into “the hole” in order to accommodate Bent. As we saw last year, when a hamstring injury kept Ruiz on the sidelines for a number of weeks, Berbatov’s Fantasy returns took a real turn for the worse when moved to a more withdrawn berth and, while his spot-kick duties offer some solace, there’s no doubt his appeal will lessen if Bent cements a first-team place.

Ruiz’s prospects looks even more concerning. Some had fancied the Costa Rican as a decent budget option but the expected shake-up should force him into midfield, with a role on the right flank looking the likeliest scenario, with Adel Taarabt operating on the opposite wing. The likes of Damien Duff, Ashkan Dejagah, Alex Kacaniklic and Pajtim Kasami may have to settle for bench-warming duties if such a scenario transpires, as Jol freshens up his options on the flanks.

An unused sub in last Saturday’s win over former club Sunderland, Bent may be introduced from the bench over the next couple of matches as he builds up his fitness. With a fortnight’s international break already on the horizon, he’ll be afforded plenty time to bring his sharpness up to speed and potentially come into consideration when domestic action resumes mid-September. From Gameweek 4 onwards, Jol’s side have four enticing fixtures from the following five which will offer the new boy the chance to prove his worth – home games against West Brom, Cardiff and Stoke, allied with a trip to Palace, could well have the bandwagon rolling before long.

Further Reference

Darren Bent Wikipedia

Darren Bent Transfer Markt Page

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  1. Rate my starting XI for this coming week

    Boruc

    Zabaleta Coleman Toure

    Mirallas Hazard Walcott Coutinho

    Sturridge Soldado Benteke

    FPL Winning class?

    Yeah, thought so :cool:

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Excellent Nate.

      Captain?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. STURRRIDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDGGGGEE

        Just practicing

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Same. I fancy a bit of City attack for next week though.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Meh.

      Kidding it's sexual.

      Although would prefer Silva to Coutinho as you have Studge (which then happens to be my front 7 ;-)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. I have... Olsson Coleman dawson - - - Walcott silva hazard Coutinho - - - Lambert benteke Soldado.

      Quite similar - let's see how it goes ;) most likely to be 2-1 Liverpool based on averages...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. Mignolet
      Toure, Shaw, M.Turner.
      Hazard, Walcott, Mirallas, Snodgrass.
      Van Persie, Soldado, Dzeko.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Dzeko,RVP,Snod,Murner,Shaw,Mig

        vs

        Benteke,Studg,Cout,Zab,Coleman,Boruc

        Close, but i like my chances

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Reckon captains will decide it. You got any plans for RVP GW4?

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. I think he will be benched

            Might get him in week 5, if TV allows it. Will probably downgrade Coutinho for that

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
    5. I hope so! Mines identical apart from Benteke & Coleman to Lambert & Ward.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    6. 49 points

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    7. Are U on Boruc + 4.0?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  2. Migs (Lewis)
    Coleman Collins Toure (Chester Olsson-NOR)
    Oscar Hazard Walcott Mirallas (Barkley)
    Dzeko Lukaku Soldado

    Exactly £3,0m in the bank. Did Pozuelo>Barkley for bandwagon + season keeper potential. Any thoughts on pulling the trigger on Lukaku>Aguero(c) for -4 tonight? The possible albeit unlikely price drop would prevent this transfer and make operation RVP more difficult than it already is.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Wildcard

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Not doing that anytime soon...

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. ??is a good team

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. I did Hazard > Barkley and thinking of doing Lukaku > Aguero tonight too...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I nearly made the Hazard move as well but wanted to see the Villa game before deciding which Chelsea mid to drop. Also wanted to get rid of the brain fart that was Alex Pozuelo, haha.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. How you plan on getting RvP if you go Aguero this week?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Heavily downgrading Hazard/Oscar. I'm not in a hurry to get him, though. GW6 is the plan at this moment.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Interesting. Ive done Ivanovic > Coleman and have 4.0m in the bankwas thinking go Lambert upgrade Benteke to RvP now im not so sure. Could Osvaldo nick a few goals? And maybe not wise planning a transfer for gw4 or whenever when theres pointsnext week.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Osvaldo will take some time and goals away from Lambert. Bony might be worth that extra 0,5m. Haven't set anything in stone about RvP yet but all I know is that the price drop could result in awkward spots in the future. I think I'll drop Lukaku tonight just to be safe.

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
  3. Osvaldo has been added to the game at 8.0

    do you think he will be better than Lambert

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Im sticking Lambert until Osvaldo is proven i think

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  4. Anyone transferring out all 3 Chelsea players this week?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. yep...but im on wc :wink:

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Optimus, how is your WC looking? I am building a team with RVP and Aguero

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. im either going..

          rvp soldado sturridge
          aguero soldado sturridge

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. The cool kids have RVP and Aguero

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. i want sturridge as well though

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
              1. I have Coutinho for Pool coverage though

                • 1 year, 1 month ago
            2. Have Dzeko RVP and Aguero

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. ....

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Nope, only 2

      What transfers you doing?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Terry & Lukaku :arrow: Shaw and Soldado, most likely.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. 2 maybe Parm, keeping and benching Hazard for GW 3.

      Think that Ivan + Lukaku > Collins + Dzeko (-4) is worth it?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    5. Waiting to see what happens tomorrow night, first!
      Relaaaaaxxxxxxxx ;)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    6. Contemplating going RVP, Soldado and Aguero upfront.

      So yes thinking of it

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. STRONG FOWARDS

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. for -8 though, cant be worth it though can it

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
  5. Would it be stupid to double up on Man City defence for the next 3 game weeks? Nastasic or Lescott?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Why would that be stupid, if they score you points? :)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Because if they concede that's 2 out of 3 defenders that have lost their clean sheet

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. So is there another team that is less likely to concede?
          (You see my point? Its the 'Migs and Kolo' arugment, really...)

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. It's a risk I may be willing to take. But it means ill have to take a four point hit. If my Chelsea players flop tomorrow I won't do it. If I still had a free transfer I'd do it. Also it'd be out of Nastasic and Lescott. Probably Lescott. But then there's always a chance Nastastic could take his place before I transfer him out.

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Nasty is injured mate

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. He's expected to be back this weekend according to this website

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Click on the injuries bit at the top...

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. Ta, Sarj! :)

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Is he really? I didn't know that. Thanks.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
  6. Ok very bad start for me with only 40 points with just hazard (C) and Lukaku to play.
    My team is:

    Boruc Gazaniga

    Kosc Shaw Collins M.Turner Chester

    Hazard Walcott Mirallas Snodgrass Williams

    RVP Lukaku Sturridge

    What to do with this lot?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Good team in the long run

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Cheers, Lukaku and Kosc are my worries

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  7. Lescott 5.5m and only 1 goal less than Zab last season, with 3/5 of the minutes played.
    But, will he play more this season FFS?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Nastasic and Kompany first choices

      Lescott living on borrowed time, but could be a decent 2 week punt

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Thanks, Nate!
        When are they expected back?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Nastasic should be back for Hull

          No idea about Kompany. Probably Week 4

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Not likely. Mr. Engineer mentioned Nastasic will be back within the week.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  8. Captaining dzeko a bit too much of a risk this week?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. It's a risk I might take

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Over who?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  9. Ward-Prowse starting for Southampton?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Nope.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Avoid, he won't start many games at all

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  10. If you are thinking of transferring out a Chelsea player tonight, hold your horses.

    We will all laugh at you if you do that and another of your Chelsea players gets injured tomorrow.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Yes, but if Lukaky drops tonight, i'm gonna delete my team

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Lol

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Good ole' Advice Mallard

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. I'm desperate to tinker, but have 5 players still to play on Wednesday, so I'm sitting waiting on potential injuries.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  11. Migs

    Zab Turner Collins

    Walcott Coutinho Mirallas Hazard

    Soldado Lukaku Lambert

    1) Who to captain?

    2) Who to sub for GW3?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  12. Aspas or Wolfie? (Aspas is on Sky) :)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  13. any official news on the lord joining wba

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. What? Me??

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  14. If anyone doesnt get 100 points this DGW, they should just stop playing this game.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. if hazard bangs in a couple will all get there

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. I should be ok. As long as Hazard, Ivanovic and Lukaku all score a hat trick on Wednesday.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Score RonH?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. He has 70

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Nice. He still might need to stop playing.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Exactly. Lucky owning Mignolet and Coleman this week, but it won't happen week in, week out.

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
          2. I was just teasing lol

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. I need a Lukaku hat trick all assisted by Hazard and a clean sheet + goal from Ivanovic for this to be the case

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Haha i need the same, lets pray together!!!

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  15. What's the expected back four of Man City going to be for GW2/3/4?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Zabaleta, Lescott, Garcia, Clichy.

      Zabaleta, Lescott, Nastasic, Clichy.

      Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott/Nastasic, Kolarov.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Kolarov!!

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. Kompany out for that long?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      3. Top one i'd sAy

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  16. The first week is always slightly depressing. Guy at the top of my work mini-league has 80 points (after auto-subs) with Oscar to come, despite having Bale in his team (vice-captain).

    Someone else ahead of me has Adebayor as one of his strikers and captained Bony despite having 3 Chelsea.

    Another ahead of me has Giggs and Carrick in his midfield and benched Coutinho this week.

    Ah well....

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. lol,my league is the same

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. The guy who is second to me in the league has Lovren 3rd on his bench. 1st is Ravel Morrison (who didn't play), 2nd is some defender who played and got 0. Shame that he has Luiz and Kagawa so on comes Lovren with his CS, 90 minutes and 3 baps.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. guy top of 1 of my Mls has no Chelsea and 82 points :neutral:

      http://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/862769/event-history/1/

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Bloody hell, not a bad team either. Why the no Chelsea I wonder.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. genious

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
  17. Will Liverpool new singing keep Toure out of the starting 11?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. No, he will rival enrique

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. I thought the new guy is a left back?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Isn't he a left back

      More likely to keep Jose out

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. actually he is back up for enrique most likely. just a loanee for the season in case jose gets injured so they arent forced to put johnson at LB again

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  18. What r Norwich chances against hull guys?? Need reassurenee

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. pretty damn strong imo. although hull weren't too bad this week.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. good thanks

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  19. Rui

    Lukaku -->

    A. Lambert
    B. Bony
    C. Dzeko
    D. Aguero (& Hazard --> 6.5, -4)

    I have Silva for City cover but doubling up wouldn't be a bad shout?

    Cheers.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Rui

      *Other two strikers are Sturridge and Soldado.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. C for me, but wait to see what Lukaku does tomorrow.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. eu apostava no aguero...tb vou fazer o mesmo.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  20. Help,
    I didn't "Favourite" other site to assess MY TEAMS change in ownership stats etc..

    Please remind me and what are the thresholds for price changes here in FPL?

    Thanks from NovaScotia

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Try Totalfpl.com, all price changes, captain poll, nd rate my team on there, also Frank is amazing :)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  21. Guy in one of my leagues: http://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1284958/event-history/1/

    Look at his captain choice and bench :)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Auto-selected?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I don't know, it's just unfathomable

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. ...And he's still outscoring me :(

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Amazingly, he hasn't done bad at all!

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. danny graham was a good shout this week.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. That is the most stupid decision I'v ever seen! Best striker in the league or the worst striker in the league! LOL

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    5. Haha Lloris on the Bench too

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  22. People are really getting on Hazards back here! Guaranteed he will have a brilliant season

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Frisking the fixtures is back

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  23. New Post
    1. Now you write.....Copying me, after 9 minutes :-)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  24. Is Snodgrass set to go down in value any time soon?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Should be a few more days yet, and he's expected to play, so flag may be removed soon.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  25. Android user install Fantasy Football Buddy........ quick check on points nd things.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  26. Ivan/Lukaku ->Shaw/Sturridge worth a hit? bank the extra million

    Cheers

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  27. Did anyone follow?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Site still crashing a bit though...

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I think this is a good idea the site is over the top, it gets ridiculous. Need to consider a members forum

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  28. So how was your first week?

    Lots of tweaking to do, or more or less set for next week?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago

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  • Foster
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  • Bertrand
  • Puncheon
  • Fábregas
  • Di María
  • Sterling
  • Welbeck
  • Diego Costa
  • Pellè
  • Dawson
  • Tadic
  • Lukaku

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No Change Trippier BRN B
No Change Shawcross STO B, Vs
No Change Morgan LEI C, Vs, £
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Up Chadli TOT A
Up Downing WHM A, £
Up Puncheon CPL B
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