David Bentley is getting a load of attention right now and whilst the former Arsenal man is in hot form right now any comparisons with soon to be England centurion are wholly inappropriate.
I am by no means a big Beckham fan and I would even doubt the reasoning behind bringing him back to the fold in order for him to reach the 100 mark, but I think it is clear that Becks has pretty much always performed well in an England shirt and is a legend. Bentley on the other hand is not and even though his career at international level started brightly enough I think it would be unwise for anyone to get too carried away.
Although admittedly most of the blathering has been done by the media and not the player or his club supporters. Five years of being stifled at Arsenal didn’t help, but clearly Wenger didn’t see the 23 year old as having the potential to break into the big time in north London. It is interesting to note that at the age of 23 Beckham had already won the Premier League three times, and had a FA Cup winners medal and a Champions League one too. As yet Bentley has pretty much nothing in comparison other than have a couple of good seasons domestically. If the criticism on Beckham was that all he did was cross and take set pieces while winning every trophy under the sun, why should Bentley take his place?
I fancy Bentley to move onwards and upwards from this point on, but for some reason I can’t see him making the jump to the Champions League level.
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