Wednesday, January 27, 2010
David Bentley? That pampered, self-centred Arsenal and Spurs reject? According to the UK tabloids, West Ham is rumoured to be trying to bring David Bentley to West Ham on a loan deal. Spurs and Harry Redknapp are currently reported also to be enticing Eidur Gudjohnsen over to White Hart Lane in a hijack move. If that's the attitude that the Iceman has, then he's not the man to lead the Hammers out of Premiership relegation.
And why not David Bentley? Apart from a dire need for strikers, West Ham do need a little something extra on the right side of midfield. Let's face it, if Julien Faubert is the only attacking threat on the right, then it's something of a joke, Faubert just CAN'T cross the ball!
I think it would be brilliant to bring Bentley over to Upton Park. Reuniting McCarthy (if he signs) and Bentley would be a great idea. Let's look back to their Blackburn days in 2006/2007. David Bentley had possibly his best season ever in the Premiership. He provided 11 assists that season and created numerous more chances with his crosses and all-round creativity. Not by coincidence, Benni McCarthy's best Premiership season was also that same 2006/2007 season where he scored 18 Premiership goals.
So, it should be fair to say that potentially the Bentley-McCarthy understanding can guarantee much needed goals that will move West Ham away from the relegation zone. Because they have played together (and to devastating effect!), the understanding will be almost telepathic and there won't be any need for playing style familiarity. The prospect of a midfield four of Bentley-Parker-Behrami-Diamanti and two strikers in Cole-McCarthy looks very exciting and mouthwatering.
Question remains though, can Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke sufficiently motivate both players to have a spectacular end to the season? Fabulous partnership, with goals in it but with only a week left of the transfer window, it's time to act quickly!
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