David Bentley was named the next David Beckham when he moved to Tottenham Hotspur but he never quite came close.
He was the first man to score a hat trick against the league giants Manchester United in the Premier League era and he was the first to score at the new Wembley Stadium for England.
He was an Englishman that was praised for dominating the Russian Premier League where others suffered bad luck. He was quite an achiever and a man of many firsts. His 40-yard volley in the north London derby stands out, but then the shocking retirement at 29 years?!
Bentley saw upclose the Invincibles’ squad in 2003 at Arsenal. He got few minutes in the FA Cup in a star studded team that had his mentor Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. He was a very confident player from a young age and he showed so much promise.
He went on loan to Norwich City the following year. Despite the team been relegated that year, the player stood out. He flourished on his next loan assignment at Blackburn Rovers under coach Mark Hughes, who eventually signed him permanently. Bentley repaid the faith instantly with a hat trick in the 4-3 victory over United. He soared in the international scene where he scored a free kick for the Under-21 team against Italy. Read More