Andre Villas-Boas has told David Bentley that he has the opportunity to play his way back into having a future at Tottenham Hotspur.
Bentley found himself frozen out at White Hart Lane under Harry Redknapp but is now determined to force his way back into the plans at Spurs.
We know what Bentley can offer, great set pieces (something which we have massively lacked over the past season) and the ability to put the ball on the head of a striker. Yet on the flip side, he has no pace which is the opposite of what Aaron Lennon offers us.
It’s now time for Bentley to knuckle down and forget the playboy lifestyle. He has been given a second chance to impress and it’s now down to him.
“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,” Bentley told The People.
“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.
“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.”
He said: “A lot of people will say I’ve not made the most of my talent and I feel the same.
“I did watch the Euros and think I should have been out there with England.
“When I moved to Tottenham, I was in Fabio Capello’s squad and should have kicked on, but it was a difficult time.
“Within eight games of coming in the manager who signed me, Juande Ramos, was sacked, and then it just snowballed and got out of control and I never could get that second chance again.
“I’d had so long riding a wave that was good and then I came off and was riding a wave that was bad, and I could never get myself back on top.
“It has been hard, but hopefully now I can just get back and crack on.”
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