Tottenham’s victory over Fulham in the FA Cup on Wednesday was remarkable in two ways. Firstly, it secured a place in the semi-final to take on Portsmouth and secondly, it capped what has been an impressive few months for Spurs winger David Bentley.
Bentley changed the game after coming on at half time at White Hart Lane, scoring from a free kick and crossing for Roman Pavlyuchenko to volley home. That game showed how far Bentley has come since being permanently placed in Harry Redknapp’s doghouse last season, and early this season, and being booed by some of the Tottenham fans.
This season, Bentley has played in 16 games for Spurs in all competitions, starting 13 of them, and scoring 2 goals. Bentley’s improved form is a direct result of finally getting a decent run of games under Redknapp, mainly due to the absence of Aaron Lennon through injury. It just shows that with a string of games under his belt, Bentley can in fact do a job for Spurs and prove his doubters wrong, who thought that he was more concerned with his hair and appearance than playing football.
Hopefully when Lennon returns from injury, Bentley can still get a chance to play for Spurs at not just get relegated to the reserves, as he does have the ability to change a game, just like he did against Fulham. You never know, if England midfielders keep dropping like flies, just like they do before every World Cup, Bentley could have an outside chance of making the England squad if he continues to do well for Spurs. It’s a very slim chance yes, but you never know in football…
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