An excellent post by the OP, one of the best I have seen.
But is the Bent situation not typical of professional footballers per se.
They come to a new club full of promises of love and loyalty, pledging their service for yeays to come.
in the short term players like Bent perform exceptionally well, and immediately become heroes.
Then along comes the moneyman and the loyalty is gone.
They are such mercenary bastards its unbelievable.
I welcome next seasons game at home to Villa, assuming they stay up, because I think we will witness a reception for Bent unprecedented in premiership history and thoroughly deserved.