‘Next question!’ – Awkward moment for Darren Bent as Asamoah Gyan grills him on Sunderland exit, and Ghana star reveals he was injured by striker joining Aston Villa midway through promising 2010/11 season

Asamoah Gyan told talkSPORT he was “disappointed” with Darren Bent for leaving Sunderland just months after joining the club.

And that led to a brilliantly awkward moment on Drivetime, as the former striker was caught like a rabbit in the live spotlight.

Gyan expressed his disappointment that Bent left Sunderland to join Villa in January 2011

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Ghanaian icon Gyan impressed at Sunderland after joining Rennes after the 2010 World Cup

The pair had formed a formidable partnership at the Stadium of Light during the first half of the 2010/11 season.

Sunderland have paid £13m for Ghanaian legend Gyan from Rennes following his impressive performances at the World Cup in South Africa.

And he rewarded the Black Cats’ faith by scoring ten Premier League goals in his debut campaign.

By the time Bent left for Villa, Gyan had scored seven top goals, with the former England international having bagged eight.

The Wearside side were also sixth in the table, but ultimately ended that campaign tenth without Bent’s goals, having decided to up the stick and move to Aston Villa in January.

And Gyan, who eventually left in the upcoming transfer window to UAE side Al Ain, still remains hurt by the timing of Bent’s exit.

And, for once, the former striker was at a loss for words!


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Appearing on Drive, talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein told Gyan he had two more questions for him towards the end of the interview where he wanted a one-word answer, but not before the former ace of Udinese don’t ask their own question.

Gyan asked Bent: “I want to ask Darren why he left Sunderland.”

To which Bent coyly joked, “Do we still have time? It is time for break ? Do we have a break?

Prompted by Goldstein for an answer, Bent remarked, “Back in the days of Asamoah, it was just one of those things.

“Look, I knew this was your time to shine, so I thought if I don’t move, you’re gonna take my place anyway, so the platform is yours.”

Bent and Gyan had scored 15 Premier League goals between them before the transfer


Bent and Gyan had scored 15 Premier League goals between them before the transfer

Not having his reason, Gyan replied: “I know, I know Darren, but we were playing well.

“We were comfortable playing two forwards, honestly I was disappointed.

“Because we got to know each other, and we were playing, and all of a sudden you left.”

Understanding his injury, Bent said: “Yeah, I know, it was one of those decisions where I always look back and think, ‘hmm’.

Bent laughed off his former Sunderland team-mate's question


Bent laughed off his former Sunderland team-mate’s question

“No, look, at the end of the day, we spent some time together, I enjoyed our time together…and Andy, please hurry up and ask Asamoah those two questions!” »

One of the stars of the 2010 World Cup, Gyan missed a dramatic last-minute penalty against Uruguay that would have sent the African nation through to the semi-finals.

Luis Suarez had a shot on the goal line to give Gyan the chance to score in extra time, but he launched his effort over the bar,

Ghana then lost the shootout but Gyan told talkSPORT he didn’t blame Suarez after insisting he would have done the same in his situation.

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