Amidst all the transfer speculation, some concrete news has finally broken out with confirmation of David Bentley’s loan to Birmingham until the end of the season.
Bentley arrived at White Hart Lane with a huge price tag in July 2008. Despite some misgivings amongst the Spurs fans, he enjoyed a great pre-season and turned in some decent performances in the league, culminating in his outrageous goal in the 4-4 at The Emirates.
After losing his place to a fit and in form Aaron Lennon, he enjoyed another run in the side last season after Lennon was injured, but has found appearances difficult to come by this term and frustrated the crowd with his performances against Arsenal and Sunderland.
Birmingham’s manager Alex McCleish is delighted with Bentley’s arrival. Speaking on their club website he said: “We’re delighted to have David’s services. He is a classy footballer and will enhance the quality of the squad. He has had his moments at Spurs but there is fierce competition for places there.”
Whether the loan becomes permanent remains to be seen but it seems unlikely that Bentley will ever hold down a regular place at The Lane. His lasting legacy for Spurs will be ‘that’ goal, but he had the potential to do so much more.