Blog: Bent chasing Villa ace Yorke as 100 Goals Club membership nears
11th Jan 2012
It's the Premier League 100 Goals Club, which I am only three away from joining.
When you look at the list of players in it - I think there's only 20 or so names - you appreciate the sheer quality and depth of ability to have graced our game in the striking area over the years.
It would mean everything to me to join it. I have worked hard for every club I have played for, with one eye on that particular, exclusive club.
I am now right on the verge of finally doing it so I am hoping it will be sooner rather than later.
It would be great to get in it, first and foremost and then it would be amazing to be the top Villa goalscorer on that list. That would mean a lot to me too.
Emile Heskey and Dion Dublin are on 110 and Dwight Yorke is on 123. He's joint 11th.
It would be incredible to pass Yorkie and be the top scorer in the list for Villa. Yorkie was some player with this club. I know fans remember his feats here still.
People still talk about that chipped penalty against Arsenal - it was outrageous.
But before all that, I have to get in and then I can start crossing off names as I pass them. Every time I go past someone I will be thinking 'that's another one out of the way.'
It would be amazing to shoot up that table, just like Villa in the Premier League in the second half of the season!
Of course, if I'm scoring goals it means we are giving ourselves chances of winning games and moving up that all-important top-flight table. So it all goes hand in hand.
As I said, I'm not usually one for stats or records but I could tell you off the top of my head the names of the players on the list without even looking.
Benty's Top Five Verdict
1] Alan Shearer
Alan is way out in front. What can you say about the great Alan Shearer? He's simply the best striker to have ever come out of this country. I have nothing but admiration for him. He was awesome as a centre-forward with Southampton, Blackburn, Newcastle and England. He is so good, he's even in my top five players to have ever played in the Premier League in any position. I rate him that highly.
2] Andy Cole
Andy was a goal machine. He was one of my heroes. He was a great finisher and so under-rated. People always used to say that he needed five chances to score but that was rubbish. He was a clinical finisher who always knew where the net was. He was outstanding.
3] Thierry Henry
He was the greatest! Full stop. His all-round game was frightening in his prime. It wasn't just his goals, of which there were masses, it was his assists too. He must be up there in the Premier League assists table. He was absolutely fantastic. He was a joy to watch. Obviously I was an Arsenal fan and when I played against him when I was at Charlton early in my career he gave me his shirt. That's the first thing you see when you walk into my house. It's got pride of place. There are not enough words to describe how good he was at Arsenal in his first spell. He has an aura too. Before we played Tottenham away earlier this season, I was outside our team hotel and one of the lads told me the great man had been spotted inside. I absolutely legged it indoors to say hello and have my picture taken with him. It wasn't just me, Gabby and Fabian did too. That tells you everything. He's a legend. I have so many memories of him during his first spell at Arsenal. I recall the goal he scored against Tottenham where he beat four or five players before slamming it home. That was incredible. And I remember his hat-trick against Liverpool at Highbury. He beat Jamie Carragher and Jamie was just helpless, he was falling over and scrambling all over the place. It's brilliant to see him back - and he's already made some impression!!
4] Robbie Fowler
I think Robbie was the best finisher ever in this country. He was so natural. Give him a sniff of the goal and he'd score. No doubt. He was always the man on the spot. He was unbelievable - left foot, right foot, headers. Incredible. He was absolutely tremendous.
5] Michael Owen
He was another fantastic finisher. He was quick and had tremendous movement. He always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. It's not luck, that's talent. That's the reason he scored the goals he did. He was a top, top player.
On the subject of top finishers and No.11 in the Premier League goals list - level with Dwight Yorke - is Robbie Keane.
My old mate from Tottenham has been training with us and looks on the verge of a two-month loan deal at Villa. I just think it's a clever move for Villa. I think it's a top signing.
He's a great player and has been for many years. He's trained with the lads for the past few days and he looks razor-sharp. He looks fit and really up for the challenge.
There's no doubt Keano will give absolutely everything during his time here.
He will be eager to show he's still got it. He knows the game inside-out and from what I have seen of him so far, he's as bright as a button.
He will help all the other strikers here but more importantly, he'll help Villa. He will bring experience which will aid a few of the younger lads who are breaking through into the team and the other youngsters in and around the place.
He will bring goals too, hopefully!
And he brings that competition to the striking department. There's Gabby in great form, I'm coming back into form after my injury problems, there's Nathan and Andi so the competition will only be enhanced with Robbie's presence here.
I think he will do well for us. He's a smart, smart character on the pitch.
As I said, injuries have plagued me so far this season, on and off. But I feel really good now.
It's been well chronicled that I've had a few niggles but I'm on the right road now. I feel I'm heading in the right direction. I feel my injuries are behind me.
I will just keep plugging away and look to get on the scoresheet as much as I can for Villa. I have scored six so far in the league and I would like to have had a lot, lot more at this stage of the season.
But I'm not dwelling on that. I'm not going to let that get me down.
That happens sometimes and the injuries have certainly not helped. I'm looking to score many more in the second half of the season.
I am conscious I have been talking about football for much of this latest edition of my blog but it's supposed to be about entertainment, film and music.
So I will leave you with my thoughts on the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible films.
I watched Mission Impossible 4; Ghost Protocol a couple of days ago and I thought it was brilliant. I'd recommend any Villa fans with an evening free to go and watch it at the cinema.
The Mission Impossible films haven't been given a lot of credit over the years but I've been impressed.
I loved the first one. I thought that set the film series off brilliantly. I loved the sequel but then I absolutely hated the third one. The second one had Dougray Scott, Ving Rhames and Thandi Newton and the third one had Phillip Seymour-Hoffman and was about the 'Rabbit's Foot'?!! Horrific. I hated that one but they've come back with a cracker to follow it up.
I have been impressed with Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt throughout the series. He doesn't get too much credit in those sort of action roles but I think he does a great job in them.
People go on about Daniel Craig as James Bond and Matt Damon as Jason Bourne and they're both excellent, no question, but I don't think there's a better action hero than Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible.
The gadgets in the fourth one are amazing. Without giving too much away, there's a scene where he runs outside the world's tallest building - the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. I watched it and thought 'that is ridiculous.' Even with a harness! Total madness!!
He was running around like it was nothing.
Anyway, catch that when you get chance - and I will speak to you again soon! Up the Villa!
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