Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Once hailed as the next David Beckham by Steve McClaren, poor David Bentley has found himself without a club after being released by Tottenham in the summer of 2013.
What options are there for Bentley, is he Premier League material anymore or is he even Championship? While at Spurs in his later years not one club put in a transfer request to buy David to relieve him from his nightmare of sitting on the bench. He may have had a couple of loan moves here and there at Birmingham, West Ham, Blackburn and even FC Rostov, but never really made an impact.
Perhaps he might benefit from playing abroad? There were rumours that Espanyol, FC Utrecht and Levski Sofia were interested in pursuing him, however a move never happened.
Perhaps playing in the MLS or the Hyundai A League could rejuvenate his career. For instance Thomas Broich was in a similar situation to that which David is currently in. Thomas currently plays for Brisbane Roar in the Hyundai A League, and was once dubbed as the next big thing along with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski. However such great praise and expectations got the better of Broich, who after playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach, Cologne and Nuremberg decided to take a break from football to try and rediscover his love of football.
Then an opportunity came to sign for Brisbane Roar in Australia’s professional football competition, the Hyundai A League and under the guidance of Ange Postecoglou, (now Socceroos boss), Broich went on to win silverware in his first season, and was to become one of (and is regarded by many as) the best foreign import ever to grace the A League, ahead of the likes of Dwight Yorke, Juninho, and Alessandro Del Piero.
The Championship is one of the most likely leagues we could see Bentley in, any team would be good for David, as long as he’s playing first team football. Derby might be that perfect fit, they’re in contention for the playoffs and Steve McClaren was in fact the one who did say that Bentley will be the next David Beckham.
The big European Leagues, the likes of the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A might not be the best fit for David Bentley, due to his form before he was released and because he’s been without a club since the summer. However leagues such as Ligue 1, Eredivise, Pro League and Turkish Super Lig, might be a better and more realistic possibility.
Either way, David Bentley needs to liven up and find a club. He’s had a while off of football and has had time to think about his career and it’s about time we see him playing football again, whatever league that may be in.