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Darren Bent convinced he won't buckle under weight of 24m transfer to Aston Villat

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23 Feb 2011 12:37:14

Darren Bent convinced he won't buckle under weight of 24m transfer to Aston Villat

Darren Bent still feels under pressure following his transfer to Aston Villa but the ?24million striker is confident he will live up to his billing. Bent's move from Sundeland was almost forgoten after Chelsea's ?50m swoop for Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll's ?35m switch from Newcastle to Liverpool. But England international Bent admits he could have been weighed down by the size of his fee. Flying start: Bent scored the only goal of the game in his first outing for Villa against Manchester City He said: 'It definitely does add pressure. Obviously for me it is pressure I have dealt with before because I went to Spurs for big money. 'But I think my transfer fee has obviously now been eclipsed by Torres and Carroll. A lot of people seem to have forgotten about my transfer now so I've just got on with it. 'At the same time there is pressure whatever the transfer fee and especially when you go to a club and you want to do well. If anything you put pressure on yourself to do well. 'But everything has been positive. I definitely made the right decision. It's been great to get amongst the goals too, that's certainly been important. When you join a new club, it's always important as a goalscorer to get off the mark. 'That first goal is vital so for me to do that on my debut helped me settle down. 'If you go one, two, three games without a goal it does wear you down. But thankfully I managed to get one in my first game and I want to build on that now.' Patience: Carroll (left) has yet to play for Liverpool while Torres has drawn a blank in three games with Chelsea Bent scored a debut goal in Villa's win over Manchester City and was also on target in a defeat to Manchester United. Torres is without a goal in three Chelsea appearances while Carroll is waiting for his Reds bow as he recovers from injury. Bent added: 'It was mad (the last few hours of the transfer window) - more so because of Carroll's transfer to Liverpool because he has played half a season in the Premier League and he's gone for ?35m, so it is a bit crazy. 'I mean someone like Torres is proven in the top flight and in my opinion is the best striker in the country and if he goes for ?50m you kind of think fair enough. 'It was a bit crazy but it is the way the game is going at the moment - the money is going up and the stakes are getting raised. 'People have got to do what they've got to do to get players in and get results.'  Bannan: I'm good enough to play for Villa so don't send me out on loanVilla chief Houllier eyes summer swoop for out-of-favour Barca defender Milito Petrov must fight for place in Villa midfield, says boss HoullierAll the latest Aston Villa news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Darren Bent, Fernando Torres, Andy Carroll Places: Newcastle, Liverpool, United Kingdom


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