David Bentley is reportedly keen on playing regular football after his loan-spell with FC Rostov ends at the end of this month. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has struggled to get into the Spurs first-team ever since he poured an ice-bucket over Harry Redknapp along with Wilson Palacios, Jermaine Jenas and Sebastian Bassong (notice a trend).
Andre Villas Boas is not keen on the one-time David Beckham successor and after previous loans out to Birmingham City and West Ham United Bentley took the brave decision to try his hand away from England; in Russia.
The Arsenal graduate moved to little known club FC Rostov hoping to get plenty of playing time and put his name back out there. Now with that deal coming to an end he has spoken to Sky about his next move:
"I have really enjoyed my time at Rostov and I am feeling fully fit after playing on a regular basis. I will return to Tottenham in January and find out what is happening with regards my future, but ideally I want to be playing - whether that be at Tottenham or somewhere else."
Sky Sports say in the report that Bentley has impressed during his loan spell so he should be in no shortage of potential suitors.
In fact things have not been as impressive as they make out. Bentley has played just seven times in Russia with his team winning just one game in which Bentley has featured during a difficult campaign. As for regular football Bentley has not played for the club since the 2-1 defeat to Zenit Saint Petersburg on the 2nd November as problems with his fitness again reared their head.
While Bentley deserves to be commended for his brave move; not to mention his embracing of the local culture it would be fair to say that on a purely footballing level this move has not been a resounding success.
Off the pitch may be a different story completely. Time away from London could have helped mould him into a more mature player. As for potentially playing for Tottenham again that would seem very unlikely. It is doubtful anything he has done in Russia would have changed AVB’s opinion on the player and he certainly does not possess the pace necessary to play out wide in this current Spurs incarnation.
A return to QPR and Redknapp seems very unlikely and then the list of his former managers starts to get quite slender. Therefore old favours seem to be out of the question as well.
If he is to go anywhere in England it is more than likely going to involve a step down the pyramid. Nottingham Forest have Jenas and Alan Hutton on their books currently while a return to Blackburn Rovers does not seem out the question. In the past he has even been linked with League One sides MK Dons or Swindon Town where he may be allowed to play in a more suited central role.
All in all however the future for David Bentley does not seem to be any brighter after his break from the English game.
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