Former England international Darren Bent has opened about how he felt when Sunderland signed Asamoah Gyan in 2010.

According to the 35 year old, he was upset about the acquisition of the Black Stars striker who arrived after a brilliant World Cup where he helped Ghana reach the quarter-finals before losing to Uruguay on penalties.

Bent made these comments on the back of Chelsea being linked with signing Leipzig forward Timo Werner despite Tammy Abraham’s meteoric rise this season.

“I remember being at Sunderland, scoring 25 goals, then the following season they bring in Asamoah Gyan and it just kind of unsettled me a little bit because I’m like ‘Well, things are going really well here, I’m doing really well, so why do you feel the need to sign someone else, who arguably in that World Cup was one of the best players?’,” Bent told talkSPORT.

“He was brilliant for Ghana and it kind of upset me a little bit.

“So I think in that situation you need to leave it as it is, let that play out, and if you are going to bring in players in other areas, be like squad-type players where if you do get injuries, they can come straight back in.”

Gyan shared the dressing with Bent at the Stadium of Light for two years, scoring 11 goals in 36 games, before departing to United Arab Emirate side Al Ain in 2012.

He is currently on the books of NorthEast United in India.