It’s been claimed that David Bentley’s injury could keep him out for three months or more. It could turn out to be as big a pain for Tottenham, than for Bentley himself.
If it’s true, then the injury will effectively rule out Bentley leaving White Hart Lane before the transfer window closes, unless Aston Villa decide to repeat their trick of signing a player who will be injured for several months, as they did with Stewart Downing last season.
Personally, I am incredibly ambivalent about whether Bentley leaves White Hart Lane or not. On one hand he is good cover for Aaron Lennon and did pretty well last season when given an opportunity. On the other hand, when he deputises for Lennon our midfield suddenly looks incredibly slow. We might be better off with someone who is more of a direct clone of Lennon, as it would be less of a disruption to the team.
Now it looks like we’ve got the worst of both problems. We need a replacement for Bentley in the short term, but can’t flog him to bring in some further funds to invest in the squad.
Fortunately there are a couple of players who might be able to fill the gap and they’ve both got pace to burn. Giovani Dos Santos looked very bright during the World Cup and has never really been given much of a chance at Spurs. The problem seems to be down to his attitude. Redknapp recently made a quip about him being unable to pass a nightclub as well as he does the ball, while his tantrum when his brother was cut from the Mexico squad, suggests that he’s still rather immature.
I suspect that Harry would jump at the chance to get rid of him if anyone was seriously interested, but if they’re not, then Dos Santos may get one final chance at building a Spurs career.
Another young player who could cover for Bentley is Kyle Naughton. He looked very impressive on the right of midfield during pre-season last term and like Gareth Bale, is an attacking full back who might benefit from spending some time in an advanced position that doesn’t carry so much responsibility.
Or perhaps our right wing cover will be bought in. If either Joe Cole or Craig Bellamy came in, then they both have the versatility to fill in on either flank.
None of this is good news for Bentley of course. He’s already a bit-part player at White Hart Lane and could find himself further down the pecking list when he returns from injury. Forcing your way back into contention after a spell on the sidelines, is going to be far more difficult now that managers will be reluctant to register an injured player in their squad.
It’s also not good news for Tottenham in terms of Bentley’s resale value, when he is eventually and inevitably, sold. Daniel Levy has an ability to draw blood from stones, but even he’s going to struggle to get anything near what we paid to Blackburn.