David Bentley wants Champions League football. He wants to be an England regular.
We’ve all heard for a while now – ever since he refused to play for England U-21, and since the start of the 07/08 season you couldn’t read about Bentley without also reading about his ‘ambition’ to play at the highest level.
His work ethic is as fierce as his ambitions, but does Bentley have what it takes to make it in the Big Four? Let’s look at how he’d fit in the top four Premier League sides and while we’re at it, in Tottenham and Everton (the two sides tipped to be closest to a Champions League spot).
Pro: Strong English spine to the squad would help Bentley adjust quicker.
Con: Would be behind Ronaldo and Nani in the pecking order.
Verdict: Unless he has a Ronaldo-esque season, United would rather use the Korean Energizer Bunny and Fletcher / Hargreaves on the right.
Pro: The place to go for ambitious footballers who want to win everything.
Con: Remember Shaun Wright-Phillips? Bentley might be mentally stronger but whether he’s more talented is debatable.
Verdict: 4-3-3 or 4-4-2, Bentley will be behind / competing with 3 other quality wingers (Cole, Malouda and SWP) plus Kalou (4-3-3). Not a big enough name to attract Chelsea’s interest, what with the Ronaldinho / Kaka links.
Pro: Leaving players and the need for mental fortitude in the squad.
Con: Left Arsenal to further his career, would seem to be an awkward return (not to mention that the fans hate him).
Verdict: Fans may not like it but Bentley would be a good addition to a side that needs a technically-solid natural winger.
Pro: Need a right-winger.
Con: Rafa’s uncertain future means Liverpool’s future is uncertain as well.
Verdict: Liverpool need Bentley the most out of the top 4.
Pro: Already ahead of Lennon in the England stakes.
Con: Tottenham need reinforcements in other areas.
Verdict: Could be the type of signing (has the attitude and technique, at least) to mould Tottenham into a genuine top-4 contender.
Pro: A perfect fit in attitude and abilities.
Con: Everton lack the financial muscle to compete with other 5 teams on this list.
Verdict: A move would definitely push him to perform at a higher level, but it won’t take him (or the club) to the big times.
Where will Bentley be next season?
My bet is either Liverpool or Blackburn – I don’t see Ramos moving for him (unless Lennon leaves, and I think he’ll get another chance) and I don’t see Bentley being tempted by Everton.
Over to you.
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