Here at HITC I have written a few articles about how English players need to spread their wings and play abroad and after the transfer window seemingly closed many talents were being linked with the far flung reaches of Europe of Russia and Turkey as their transfer windows close slightly later than the one here in Blighty.
Tom Huddlestone was linked with such a deal and I felt the link between former team-mates Corluka and Pavyluchenko at Lokomotiv as well as the Slaven Bilic factor may have seen him make such a move. I was wrong! But one Tottenham player has taken the plunge and flown the nest to play in Russia.
David Bentley has decided it is worth the cold weather, plastic pitches and air miles to sign a loan deal at FC Rostov.
Rostov-On-Don where his new club is based is the 10th biggest city in Russia and actually has a pretty decent average temperature compared to some of its more northern neighbours with an average September temperature of 22.6 centigrade David won’t be complaining.
His deal is only till January so he will miss the majority of the winter but Decembers are particularly harsh with an average lowest temperature of -4 centigrade and a record low of -28.5. He will hope to have cemented a first team spot by then; the thought of ‘warming’ the bench during those temperatures is enough to make a chill run down my spine.
But fair kop to David who has quite obviously hit a speed bump in his career and has taken to drastic measures to smooth it out with a chance of regular football in an increasingly competitive league. Rostov have not started the season well and the arrival of Bentley and another recent recruit Florent Siname Pongolle will give their fans hope of improvement.
He will now potentially share the turf with Samuel Eto’o, Kim Kallstrom, Hulk and Alan Dzagoev in the Russian Premier League where he will hope his crossing ability and technical skills will shine.
He joins Joey Barton, Scott Carson, Michael Mancienne and Ezekiel Fryers in taking the plunge abroad this season in an elite group of Englishmen playing off home shores. If only more had the courage (or opportunity) to go abroad and experience a new culture and lifestyle let alone style of play that can only improve their game. Surely one of the perks to be being a professional footballer, in an employment industry with such far reaching economic opportunities is the idea of living and working abroad. Something Bentley will now give a go until January and potentially beyond.
Well done David Bentley on sticking your neck out there on the line and going to extreme lengths (and weather) to get the first team football you obviously crave.
What do you think of David Bentley’s Russian move?
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