David Bentley signed for Spurs as one of the most exciting English prospects of his generation.
For some reason, he’s just not quite made it at the club, experiencing a difficult career under various managers which has seen him fall through the cracks at White Hart Lane.
He looks destined to join Blackburn Rovers, a former club, on loan for the rest of the season in a move which he hopes will revitalise his career and end up giving him another shot at the big time.
Blackburn are a very big and well established club but they are nowhere near the level Bentley needs to be playing at if he wants to go back and experience the days, he was cracking them in for Spurs and turning out for England.
But frankly at this stage, Bentley should just concentrate on playing regularly again.
Bentley has been playing for FC Rostov in Russia so at least he’ll be match fit if he does get a move to Blackburn and it’s a starting point.
It would be much easier for him to stay in Russia, take the wages and pay less tax so he deserves a lot of credit for reportedly trying to engineer a move back into English football.
If, and it’s a big if, he can help Blackburn into the play-off places with some superb performances then he could earn himself a contract at the end of the season and if Blackburn go up, he’ll be back in the Premier League.
However, English football has re-invented itself since the days Bentley was a commonly talked about English international. The standard is higher as are the expectations.
Is he good enough to dominate in the Championship? Undoubtedly, it just comes down to the discipline he has personally and mentally.
But like many, he hasn't been put off by the madhouse that is Blackburn under the ownership of the Venkys. They are willing to show him some trust by offering him a deal, so he seems prepared to show the same faith back at the club where he enjoyed the greatest success in his career.
His best route back into the Premier League and the international scene - along shot - seems to be getting promoted with Blackburn, if that’s the route he chooses to take because if another Premier League side wanted him, they’d have snapped him up by now, and with the transfer window closed, save a return to Russia, a step down the football pyramid is his only option.
Will Bentley ever get back his glory days?
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