Echo’s Survey 2011: THE majority of Sunderland fans believe the club was right to sell Darren Bent in the January transfer window.
The club made a handsome sale of £25million on the free-scoring England striker – double what Steve Bruce originally paid for him two seasons ago.
But the manager and the board came in for criticism from some fans as Sunderland’s season dwindled.
The sale of Bent in January was regarded as premature by a section of supporters at a time when Sunderland were gunning for a place in Europe.
Ironically though, Sunderland’s goalscoring ratio per game INCREASED marginally in the remainder of the season following Bent’s departure.
And most fans seem to have seen the long-term wisdom of selling a player keen to leave at a price which represented an excellent return on their original investment.
As for Bent’s popularity on Wearside, it has understandably taken an irretrievable hit.
Almost 80 per cent of readers said they had lost respect for Bent in the wake of his move, although almost half said they would not boo him on his return to the Stadium of Light in the new season.
More readers’ comments on Darren Bent in tonight’s Echo.