Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is raring to go ahead of the new season and wants to reach a significant goalscoring landmark before Christmas.
The England striker is just nine goals away from a top-flight century having notched 91 during his time at Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland and Villa.
“I’m targeting goals, definitely, no doubt about that,” he confirmed.
“I want to get in the Premier League 100 goals club and I’m nine away now. If I can get it by Christmas time then I’ll be delighted. That’s my aim, that’s my focus and I’m determined to do it.”
With Bent is such resolute mood, he could be a good bet to win the 2011-12 Barclays Golden Boot.
The accolade is given to the man who scores the most goals in the Premier League season, with the 2010-11 award being shared by Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov.
Bent certainly has the pedigree to be top scorer having finished last season in fourth place with 17 goals.
He also averaged more than one in two league goals for Villa following his transfer from Sunderland in January.
This makes him an eye-catching sixth-favourite to win the 2011-12 Barclays Golden Boot with odds of 12/1 in bwin’s top goalscorer betting market.
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Bent also revealed that he had been keeping himself fit over the close season to help boost his chances of hitting the ground running when the new season gets underway.
“We do get fitness plans, but I try to look after myself anyway and just keep fit because the Premier League is a tough division,” he commented.
“You’ve got to be fit to play and hopefully now all of the boys will come back fit raring to go and giving it 100 per cent.”
Bent’s first chance to score in the 2011-12 Premier League will be against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, 13th August.
Fulham v Aston Villa betting makes the Cottagers narrow 27/20 favourites, with the Villans available at 19/10 with bwin.
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