The 29-year-old striker started five Premier League games on the bounce at the start of the current campaign, but has since lost his spot to Belgian striker Christian Benteke
Darren Bent has revealed his frustrations following a difficult campaign for Aston Villa, admitting that he could leave the club this summer.
Bent has started one game since October and has had to make do with late substitute appearances in recent weeks, with summer signing Christian Benteke taking centre stage with 19 Premier League goals.
And although he will not request a transfer, the 29-year-old is keen to speak with Villa boss Paul Lambert about his future.
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"I'm not really one of these guys who wants to sit there, not do anything and then get paid. I want to play football and I want to contribute and enjoy playing.
"I won't ask to go but at the same time I have to sit down with the manager, the chairman and my agent and just go from there. I’m going to have to take a long hard look at my situation.
"I've not been to see [Lambert] yet because it’s been a difficult situation fighting relegation. The last thing I want to do is go in kicking and screaming. We're all one team and it's not about one individual. When the time is right and it's the right time to talk about things, I'm sure I'll do that."
Villa secured Premier League survival on Tuesday night following Wigan's defeat at Arsenal, meaning Sunday's match against the Latics is something of a dead rubber.
And with Benteke suspended following his red card against Chelsea on Saturday, Bent is hoping to get the nod up front.
"Every game you don’t play in hurts that little bit more," he added. "Especially when you're on the bench and come on — you're still hurting because you want to start. But it's nowhere near as bad as when you're sitting on the bench and you don't come on at all.
"Hopefully I can play at Wigan. Christian's out which is going to be a big loss because he's had a fantastic season but if I can get the nod then hopefully it would be nice to play a part again."