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Byline: Les WALSH

MARCUS BENT has revealed how James Beattie's arrival left him fearing for his Goodison Park future.

Bent admits Everton boss David Moyes's decision to splash pounds 6million on Beattie from Southampton in the January transfer window and then put him straight in the team left the former Ipswich and Blackburn striker feeling hard done by.

He says it was hard to stomach after leading the Everton attack on his own this season and could not help but wonder where Beattie's arrival left him.

Injuries and suspensions have curtailed Beattie's progress at Goodison Park, however, and Bent is determined to prove the England star is not the only big-name striker in Moyes's side.

Bent, up against former club Blackburn today, said: "I've been here since the start of the season but James came in and he's a big-money buy.

"He's established, he has scored a lot of goals for Southampton, but he's been injured and now he's suspended.

"I like James. We're both professionals, but I'll be working my hardest to try to stay in the team and score as many goals as I can.

"It was hard when Beattie signed. The gaffer put me wide on the right with James up front and it was hard to take.

"But I'm big enough and strong enough to move on and keep working hard to succeed."
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2005
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