Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bentley : Tottenham Gains & Blackburn Loss

If David Bentley ever needed proof how much he was rated at N5, then look no further than the £7m his former employers they are set to receive. They weren't stupid; blissfully aware at what a talent they were losing and I'm sure despite the unexpected windfall, will be privately seething that he has moved on to their great rivals Tottenham.

You cannot blame them - Bentley has matured into a fantastic footballer, supremely confident and is the natural successor to David Beckham for England. He always had the attributes, been supremely skilful, but there was always a question mark whether his slight physique could take to the rigours of Premier League football; he has ram those words down his doubter's throats and developed into arguably the finest young English talent in the country - My Blackburn's loss is very much Tottenham's gain.

I know there are a lot of Spurs fans who are split on his arrival and you feel that is to be expected. Spurs are a notoriously loyal bunch and the thought of a player with an Arsenal past, will always have them on their guard. The fact of the matter is the player has wanted this move to Tottenham more than any other club and if there is one person that will want to stick it up them, more than anyone, then it will be David Bentley.

In all honesty I don't think people appreciate what a good footballer David Bentley is and the talent he possesses. Spurs have been crying out for a natural playmaker for some time and in him they now have their very own Joe Cole. Looking at the way Ramos' teams are normally set out I would expect to see Bentley in a more inside right role in the centre, but always adding that width if need be. An initial payment of £15m may seem somewhat excessive, but given the attributes he possesses and his ability to play anywhere across the midfield provides Spurs and Juande Ramos with an embarrassment of riches and in time that fee will prove somewhat a snip.

As a Blackburn fan I'm absolutely devastated that Bentley has moved on; even more so when I realised we had to relinquish a huge chunk of his fee. He made us tick last season and alongside Roque Santa Cruz was absolutely sensational. As much as I like to think that Bentley would have stayed at Ewood Park; we knew he was looking to move on from the end of January. I don't think there are many Rovers fans who begrudge him his move and understand that a player of his ability should be playing European football regularly.

David Bentley has moved on to pastures new and we wish him well. He was fantastic for Blackburn, but I like to think we were also good for him. I'm sure it won't take long for Spurs fans to realise what a top class player they have on their hands and for him to silence those who have shown scepticism.

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