David Bentley may be out of sight and therefore out of mind as he prepares to make his debut in Russia’s Premier League but the loan move and the international break have given the midfielder plenty of time to ponder his future.
“You always hope. But there’s been a lot of water under the bridge,” said Bentley when asked if he expected to play for Tottenham again.
“The injury last year meant I was out for a season, and a lot of good players are ahead of me. And you always live with that hope in pre-season. It wasn’t to be.
“I’m looking to play some games and we’ll see where we go from there. I’m excited by the challenge. I’m there until Christmas; I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.”
For now, the loan arrangement just takes Bentley up to the New Year but the player is also looking at the possibility of extending his stay.
“You never know with the football season and I’m treating it as a short-term contract,” he added.
“But long term we’ll see what happens. Obviously I’m going there to enjoy the football, so if things work out we’ll go from there.”
The possibility of seeing David Bentley in a Liliywhite Shirt again seems more remote than ever but a few Spurs fans will take the occasional look at Rostov’s fortunes between now and Christmas.