Noob Watch runs the rule over another of last weekend’s debutants.
July 31 2008 represented exciting times for Mr Slick David Beckham Bentley. Snapped up by Spurs for a hefty £15 million after an excellent spell at Blackburn which also saw him break in to the England team, things were looking rosy.
Virtually since that day however, his stock has gradually and very steadily fallen. He certainly believed in the legend that he imagined himself to already be, but swiftly fell below speedy Aaron Lennon in the pecking order. Perhaps this is all Steve McCaren’s fault for declaring that he had the potential to become England’s “new David Beckham”. Sadly, Harry Redknapp recently said that most of the lads in the dressing room call him Becks, before adding that this probably wasn’t doing him much good.
And of course, let’s not forget the words of polite, young Kimberley Bentley, who’s Twitter outburst we highlighted earlier, and which probably did as much to oil Bentley’s move away from Spurs as his agent did: “What’s happening? F*** all and it’s starting to wind me up!! Sort it out Harry for f*** sake.”
Rumour has it David was sulking in his room while she Tweeted that.
But now it’s time to dry your eyes Bentley fans …
… because he put in a MOM performance in his first start for Birmingham! He showed a sign of what he can do as early as the 6th minute as he played a corner short, got it back, cut onto his left and pitched up a sweet cross that Roger Johnson should have done better with.
Sure, he faded out of the game on one or two occasions but he lacks match fitness and across the full ninety minutes, he was generally impressive. His new manager concurs, telling bcfc.com, “He was excellent. I thought he had a really good game.”
Since then, Bentley has excitedly announced that the best is yet to come and that he’s intending to further exert his influence in the games to come.
Verdict: Good on ya Dave!