‘Next David Beckham’ heads to Russia on loan.
David Bentley has joined Russian Premier League side FC Rostov on loan until January.
The midfielder has previously had loan spells with both Birmingham City and West Ham United.
Are we the only people who’d forgotten David Bentley still existed?
The man once labelled the ‘next David Beckham’ joined Tottenham for a whopping £15m from Blackburn in 2008 but has since lurched from one disaster to another, like a drunken uncle leading a wedding-party conga.
The player himself is not entirely to blame for every mishap and he was unlucky to pick up a serious knee injury just weeks into a season-long loan at West Ham last August, forcing him to return to White Hart Lane for treatment.
But Bentley has hardly helped himself. Incidents with drink driving, reports that he joked around so much at England training that Fabio Capello refused to ever pick him for the national squad again and rumours of a party-boy lifestyle have all dogged the 28-year-old since his move to London.
Bentley has barely played for Spurs in the past two seasons, during which he also spent a short stint on loan at Birmingham City – again, failing to impress.
It is hard to see Bentley agreeing to move to Rostov (it’s hardly Marbella, is it?) unless he has been expressly told that he has no chance of featuring in Andre Villas-Boas’ immediate plans but even so, the move to Russia is a bold one.
It’s certainly more challenging than a comfy loan switch to the Championship or League One and if Villas-Boas has played a part in persuading Bentley into the decision, then the Portuguese deserves credit.
The winger is off to join a up-coming league that boasts stars such as Hulk, Axel Witsel, Samuel Eto’o, Lassana Diarra, Alan Dzagoev and some familiar faces in Vedran Corluka, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Stipe Pletikosa, all ex-Spurs players.
Bentley does have talent and who knows, if he can get match fit, impress in Russia, he might even have a part to play at in north London when he returns in January.
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