Chris Young column - Wickham should heed Bent lessons

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THE GRASS ain’t always greener.

Connor Wickham could bear that in mind as his contract talks reach tipping point. He just needs to look at Exhibit A, Darren Bent.

Now, Wickham has not reached the same sort of adulation or goalscoring prowess of Bent (pictured), but he’s playing regularly in a Premier League side and gradually getting used to a new position.

Bent’s descent into the Championship yesterday with Brighton was a sad story of how the prospect of a few extra quid – and the misguided views of the England manager – can prompt the degeneration of a career.

This is not a 34-year-old dropping down the leagues as his legs begin to go. Bent is only 30.

Neither are his parent club, Aston Villa, blessed with an abundance of goals. They’ve managed just two in their last nine top flight outings.

Bent will hope that his month-long loan spell at the Amex Stadium prompts a Premier League club to take a chance in January with his Villa contract expiring in the summer, although given his time at Fulham last season, there will be understandable reservations.

But oh how he must now rue that decision to leave the Stadium of Light.