It would be fair to say that the writing has been on the wall for David Bentley for some time, with the 28-year-old clearly not featuring in Andre Villas-Boas’ plans. Following on from that, few people will be surprised to see the former Arsenal player depart the club and join Russian outfit FC Rostov on loan until January.
Bentley arrived at the club in a huge £15m deal in July 2008 and hopes about his career were certainly high. However, throughout his time at White Hart Lane he has struggled immensely and has managed to feature just 62 times for Spurs. The fact that his last appearance came all the way back in November 2010 speaks volumes and is quite disturbing considering the amount of money that was spent on him just several years ago.
However, it now looks as though his time with Tottenham is all but over. In a short statement the club announced, “David Bentley has joined Russian Premier League side FC Rostov on loan until January.”
Following this move, most people believe that the former England international has definitely played his last game in the Spurs’ colours. Even though the player could return in January, the fact that he has flopped at both Birmingham and West Ham during loan spells in recent years suggests that he certainly won’t make the Tottenham team any time soon.
Moreover, with less than one year remaining on his contract, Andre Villas-Boas is likely to try his best to cash in on him in the next transfer window or simply allow his contract to run down so he can leave on a free transfer. Whatever does end up happening, there’s no doubt that Bentley has been a huge flop and one of the most unsuccessful pieces of business over recent years.