Jol points out that while Bent’s a good player, the team seems to be doing better with him coming on as a sub:
Isn’t that something?
Bent’s come on as a sub three times and scored all three times. When he’s started we’ve done less well.
Given how many goals are scored late in games, given how most forwards are more prolific coming off the bench, Jol’s actually making a lot of sense here. Just because the established approach is for the first XI to have the prestige, you probably are better off bringing Bent on after an hour. It just makes so much sense.