CAREER KICKSTART

Tottenham midfielder David Bentley has said that he wants to kickstart his career once again after falling down the pecking order at Tottenham. He is hoping that the arrival of a new manager Andre Villas-Boas will work in his favour.

The 27-year-old has not been utilised to a large extent by the former manager Harry Redknapp. David Bentley has attributed the timing of his arrival to the club as the sole reason for his struggles in the last few seasons. Despite being spoken of as the next big thing in English football, David Bentley had gone missing in recent seasons.

The former Blackburn midfielder arrived at Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth £ 15 million, but after just a few months after his arrival, the manager who had brought him to the club was sacked and Harry Redknapp was brought in place. Even though David Bentley is blessed with a number of qualities, speed is necessarily not one of them. Harry Redknapp is the kind of manager who plays with a lot of pace on the wings. It has meant that Bentley has not featured as often as he would have liked in the last few seasons, which has led to the loan spells.

"With the new manager, the new era, the new training ground, hopefully I can be a new player, with a new attitude and a new way of doing things. This is a chance for me to get back on the good wave now and, if I can be a part of it, that'd be great. I've already spoken to the manager and he just said: 'You've got a clean slate, so do what you can do and try to impress. A lot of people will say I've not made the most of my talent and I feel the same," said David Bentley.