Date:Sunday March 23 2008
Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley is on course to collect the Man of the Match Award against Wigan Athletic, and rightly so.
The right-winger, who has been superb for Rovers since he joined us from Arsenal, is getting better and better ALL the time. He might not have explosive pace (which if he did he would be rated as one of the VERY best footballers in the world) but his delivery is as good as anyone's, if not better than that of anyone else currently playing the game!!!
Bentley retained his place in the England squad when it was trimmed to 23 players on Saturday evening and there is little doubt that he SHOULD start the International friendly with France on Wednesday night, something that Sky Sports pundit Paul Walsh also believes.
Walsh told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday: "David Bentley in fairness was the difference throughout the whole game.
"I think when Fabio Capello gets his report back on him it will make good reading.
"If he's looking to play him in the first place and he's got that report back from today, he's got to start. Every time he got on the ball something good happened.
"For the first goal, the ball was stiffed into him fairly firmly, but he took it, turned quite nicely and got a shot off. It moved quite a lot but I've got to be critical of (Chris) Kirkland because he got his hands to it but he only pushed it up in the air and Santa Cruz - who was the other difference in the game - anticipated well and got there first as it dropped to put it in."
Rovers are trying to tie Bents down to a longer term contract, and remain confident that they can but newspaper reports on Sunday were suggesting that Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is watching Bents with the view to making a £12 million move for him in the summer, with Athletic Bilbao also keeping tabs on him with the hope of luring him to Spain. So it looks as though we have a battle on our hands to keep him this summer but we MUST win this battle!!!
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Date:Sunday March 23 2008
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