David Bentley recently talked about his past football life and touched on some of the mistakes which he felt should have been avoided while he was at the peak of his playing career.
The former Arsenal and Tottenham midfielder hay stated that his decision to leave Arsenal was one that shouldn't have been made and which he regrets up to this moment. He even went further to brand himself a "prick" for having left Arsenal
Bentley had left the Gunners back in 2006 to join up with rival club, Blackburn before making another move to Tottenham for a fee of £15m in 2008.
The midfielder who became famous for a goal he scored against Arsenal for Tottenham Hotspurs, having volleyed the ball from a 40 yards distance to find its way over Manuel Almunia and into the back of the net, spoke in a chat with FourFourTwo. He had this to say,
"I loved Arsene Wenger. He’s probably the best manager I ever came across. The dressing room at Arsenal was fantastic – a great laugh. I bet they miss that now. The manager wasn’t really the type to join in, although he probably laughed when I told him I was leaving.
“Why do you want to leave here, you pr*ck?!” But I just couldn’t wait to play. I didn’t stay that long.
“I feared for my future. I’m, sure there are youngsters at clubs today with the same fears."
Bentley, who was once considered a natural heir to David Beckham however entered his resignation from active football after struggling over at Tottenham and getting loaned out to different clubs such like West Ham, Birmingham, Blackburn and FC Rostov. As a former England national midfielder, he had won a total of seven caps for England. He retired at the age of 29.
Tottenham Hotspurs who on Sunday, 2nd of October trashed Manchester City in a 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane stadium and determinedly sit on the 2nd position behind City with a point difference, on July 31st, 2008, announced the signing of midfielder David Bentley on a six-year deal for a £15 million fee, with an additional £2 million conditional on future performance.
Reports say Bentley's previous employers – Arsenal – received £7 million of this fee to complete his transfer to Spurs.
The 32-year old English man made his maiden debut on 16th of August, 2008 when they visited Middlesbrough and lost 2–1. He scored his first competitive goal for Spurs in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup first round tie against WisłaKraków on 18th September, 2008. He then netted his first Premier League goal for Tottenham against his old club Arsenal with a 43-yard dipping volley in a 4–4 draw on 29th October, 2008.
Bentley on 12th January, 2012 joined Birmingham City on loan for the rest of the season where he went straight into the first eleven. At the end of the season, Bentley returned to Tottenham.
On 31st of August 2011, Bentley signed a season-long loan deal with Championship side West Ham United. Soon after, he was ruled out for six months due to a knee surgery after his first five matches for West Ham United. He had to return to Spurs for treatment.
By September 7th, 2012, the English man again went on loan to the Russian side, Rostov FC Rostov. He made history there as the first Englishman to play in the Russian Premier League. Bentley appeared for FC Rostov seven times without a goal. He from there signed a 93-day loan with Blackburn Rovers, which was confirmed on June 7th, 2013 by Premier League that David Bentley has been released by Tottenham Hotspurs.
His retirement was announced at the age 29, on 13th of June 2014 after staying for a year without a club. He claims he's now having nice time with his family as he's a co-owner of a restaurant in Marbella, Spain, where he and his family had moved to.
David Bentley said that he made a mistake when he left Arsenal.
He said that he was impatient and that he wanted to play regularly, and this is what prompted him to leave the Gunners. He stated that he now regret his decision and believe that it was a huge mistake.
He said that at that time there were players such as Dennis Bergkamp in the team and that it was impossible for him to take their place. He said that as a young player he grew impatient and made the decision to move to Tottenham Hotspurs.
He said that it was a pleasure to play under Arsene Wenger and that he was without a shadow of doubt the best manager he has played with. He said that the Frenchman has always been good to him and that he was always giving him suggestions on how to improve his game.
He added that the dressing room at Arsenal was one of the best he has ever experienced. He said that there was a good team spirit and that there was a togetherness in the group that he has never seen elsewhere. He said that Arsene Wenger was not the type of manager to join in and celebrate with the players, but he was always present whenever you need it.
David Bentley said that Arsene Wenger laughed at him when he informed him of his decision to leave Arsenal. The manager asked him why he wanted to leave, and he had no answer except that he wanted to play.
Bentley admitted that at that time he did not see himself making a career at Arsenal. He felt as if he was suffocating and this is what made him leave the team. But nowadays he seems as if he made the biggest mistake of his life by leaving Arsenal.
Looking at the records between both players when they have had a face off, Cristiano Ronaldo has always come out winner anytime he met Gareth Bale.
Though both players are team mates now at Real Madrid, both team have met five times in the past and the Portuguese always came out victorious.
As Wales faces Portugal in the semi final of the Euro 2016, both teams are almost at par based on performances at the continental competition so far, but one winner will emerge. The pair has been together for three seasons now since the record breaking move of Bale from Tottenham Hotspurs.
Both stars met in last in 2009 with Cristiano Ronaldo later playing his last season at Old Trafford before his record breaking move to Real Madrid. Manchester United defeated Tottenham 2-1. The Welsh superstar didn’t feature in any of their three meetings against Man United as it was his first season at White Hart Lane. His first meeting against Ronaldo was at the FA Cup fourth round away while on duty for Spurs. Roman Pavlychenko scored for Spurs first in the first five minutes but Paul Scoles equalised and Dimitar Berbatov sank his former club. Neither Bales nor Ronaldo made a real difference in the game.
The second meeting was when the Red Devils defeated Spurs to lift their third League Cup. Goalkeeper Ben Foster was the hero as he saved the penalty kicks of now retired former spurs player David Bentley and that of Jamie O’Hara.
The third meeting was when Man United defeated Tottenham 5-2. Ronaldo scored a controversial penalty while Bale played only four minutes he replaced Luka Modric. The fourth meeting was in 2011 and Real Madrid defeated Spurs 2011 then the fifth when they defeated Spurs at home in the second leg 1-0 with Ronaldo scoring in the 50th minute. While the situations is uniquely different now and now is international football, the game still promises to be a cracker.
David Bentley believes that Dele Alli will become a top player if he is managed properly
Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs player David Bentley has stated that Dele Alli will be a top player if he is managed properly. He has drawn comparisons with his own career, and he believes that he would have had a different career if ever he was allowed to play his own game.
He said that he was quite similar to Dele Alli and that he wanted to let his personality come out through his game, but unfortunately, his managers did not allow that. He believes that Dele Alli is quite mature at his age and that at the moment he is not committing the same mistakes as he did. For him, Alli can have a successful career if he continues on the same path.
He said that his first manager Arsene Wenger did not understand British talent well. He admitted that he was a good manager, but unfortunately he did not allow him to play his own game. However, he believes that Mauricio Pochettino is not committing the same mistake with Alli and that he is allowing him more freedom on the pitch.
For Bentley, it is important as a young player to feel love and to be backed by the manager. He said that there was a tendency in England to ask a young player to be humble and not to overdo it on the pitch.
He believes that it is different with Dele Alli and that Pochettino is managing his career well. For him, Alli should stay with Tottenham Hotspurs for the moment in order to continue his development. He has all the necessary qualities to become a world-class player if only he keeps on working as he is at the moment.
Bentley has backed Dele Alli to be a success at the Euros in France.
David Bentley had only a short time at the top in football.
After coming through prominence at Arsenal, the winger went on to play for Blackburn Rovers where he made his name. As a youngster, Bentley was regarded as a promising talent for the England national team. He was a regular for the England under 21 team from 2005 to 2007. He was immediately given prominence in the senior team in 2007, but it all began to go downhill from then on. The England debut for the 31-year-old came when he was highflying with Blackburn.
A move to Tottenham came about in 2008 and he never recovered from his poor spell at the club. However, fans will forever remember the goal that he scored against archrivals Arsenal in the 4-4 draw between the two teams. The wonder goal is still regarded as one of the best in the North London derby, but Bentley has revealed that he never looked back on that goal again. After staying with Spurs for five years, Bentley played on loan at various clubs before announcing a shock retirement in 2013. He has since tried to come out of retirement without any success.
Bentley claimed that his lack of passion for the game was the reason for quitting so early.“It was a moment when I felt, prior to the game, that I was going to do something good. All my mates were there, Harry [Redknapp] had just come in after Juande Ramos, and I felt that this was going to be a big night; that everything had been getting on my nerves and this was going to be different. The ball just sat up nicely for me. We had been in a meeting before the game and it was mentioned that their keeper liked to stand off his line, so I just hit it,” said Bentley.
There was a point in time during the career of David Bentley when he was labeled as the new David Beckham and this was due to the impressive accuracy that the former player Bentley used to have when it came to taking free-kicks and his overall passing abilities.
Unfortunately for Bentley, he could never really live up to the hype that was created as he failed to perform with a truly big club and was bounced around from different clubs on a number of loan deals.
One of the clubs that Bentley performed in was with Blackburn Rovers during 2005 until 2008 and the Englishman would make a return to his former club in the later stages of his career, during this time Bentley worked alongside Robbie Savage and Bentley has recently opened up about a pretty cruel prank that his former teammate played on him.
"I came off the phone and I'm ringing everyone in the England squad. Half an hour later I get another phone call from the actual Steve McClaren! And I'm like 'what...you just rang me. He got to training and all the lads are they're in stitches" Bentley said during a sport show on BT Sport.
Bentley stated that during a training session with Blackburn Rovers, he was called up to receive a phone call in what was believed to have been Steve McClaren talking on the other hand and calling him up for a chance to play with the English national football team but as a matter of fact it was Robbie Savage who was talking as he pranked Bentley and the retired midfielder actually believed that it was Steve McClaren until Savage confessed.
During the entire playing career of David Bentley, he did manage to make a few appearances for the English national side but it wasn’t a real significantly high amount of matches as Bentley just couldn’t make the impact that was expected after comparisons were being made with him and Beckham.
Manuel Pellegrini believes although Manchester City will have to score goals in the return leg of the League Cup semi final tie against Everton, it will also be crucial to be solid at the back as the Toffees have got some quality strikers who can capitalize on any bit of mistake.
Everton has already won the first leg by two goals to one. So, for them, even a draw at Etihad will be good enough to get to the final.
But, the Sky Blues, on the other hand, will have to win by a margin of at least two goals to get past their opponents.
Everton has not been able to reach the final of League Cup for more than three decades. So, they would be absolutely pumped up to make the most of the opportunity this time around.
They would know that the situation would be tricky for City when they take the and they would be looking to put the foot on the pedal right away.
Pellegrini accepted in the pre match media briefing that Everton would perhaps come into the game with more hunger in comparison to City, but, he also said that his players would not hold back and give it everything.
The Chilean said, “It’s been a long time for them. So, they might be hungrier, but, we are looking to qualify for final as well.”
“We will have to keep a balance. Goals are important for sure, but, defending well is important too. They are a very good attacking side and are capable of scoring goals if given the opportunity.”
City had made it to the League Cup final in the 2013-14 Season as well and had even won it that time.
Norwich City’s disappointing start to the season has seen them drop to within three points of the relegation zone.
The team has recently suffered huge thrashings at the hands of fellow relegation threatened the teams like Newcastle United. These results are starting to put a lot of pressure on manager Alex Neil, who is being backed by several bookmakers as the next favourite to get the sack. Ahead of the game against Leicester City, the manager has asked his players not to drop their heads. Neil claims that the Premier League is an extremely tough league and the teams need at least six or seven players playing at their best in order to stay up.
Since this is not happening for Norwich at the moment, working extremely hard will be one of the key priorities for the team. The 3-0 win over West Brom in the League Cup remains the sole victory that the club have achieved in the last few weeks. As a result, confidence is extremely low within the team. Norwich are up against West Brom in the upcoming league game and they should provide some opportunity to take three points. Getting some victories on board is important since the team has difficult upcoming matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.
“At this level you need seven or eight of your players playing well. I don’t think we had that. That is what cost us. At West Ham, in the last away game, we had players playing at the top of their level. If you have too many of your players not playing as well as they can that is obviously going to cause you a real issue.It is such fine margins at this level. There have been a couple of games when I feel we have deserved to win,” said Neil.
Liverpool recently completed the signing of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa, but many have expressed their doubts about the success of the Belgian at Anfield.
He becomes the second most expensive player in Liverpool’s history after having cost £ 32.5 million. He is only behind Andy Carroll, who was a signing from Newcastle United. The disastrous transfer involving Carroll has been well-documented and many see Benteke as a similar player to Carroll. The comparisons may largely come about due to the physical stature of the two players, but manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Benteke has enough qualities to be a success at Liverpool.
Immediately upon becoming the new Liverpool manager more than three years ago, Rodgers decided to spend the club record signing Carroll on loan to West Ham. Carroll did not appear to have a future at Liverpool, who were set to play football on the ground. The philosophy has not changed in the last three years. Hence, the reasoning behind Rodgers signing another physical player does not appear to be clear. Benteke was one of the top strikers in the second half of last season. His goals were a major reason behind Aston Villa staying in the Premier League.
"There's a number of qualities that he has and he will only improve in his time at the club. I think first and foremost his goals, if you look at his goals record since the time that he's been in the Premier League he's up there with the best in terms of numbers. So that was very important for us.Obviously I've heard and I've seen stuff about the style, 'he won't fit the style of how we play' - I think he'll only complement it and help us. He's a big guy but he's got the attributes that I like in terms of pace and movement,” said Rodgers.