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Up for the challenge? We've heard it all before, David Bentley

15 Jan 2011 19:21:30

Up for the challenge? We've heard it all before, David Bentley

David Bentley will make his Birmingham debut today against Villa on loan from Spurs. He has promised to 'graft' and expects the eyes of the Premier League to be on him, but after eight years' unfulfilled potential, what is new? Unfulfilled potential: David Bentley (left) with Brimingham manager Alex McLeish BIRMINGHAM January, 2011 Having completed his loan to Birmingham this week, he said: 'People will watch to see how I react here. I'm going to have to graft. If I do the groundwork, do the running, I know my quality will come through. I do care about things. People sometimes get this perception of me, that I'm a big-time Charlie. But that is not true. I love playing football. I originally left Arsenal to play.' ARSENAL November, 2003 After signing his first major, five-year contract eight years ago at Arsenal, the club he joined as a boy, Bentley, then 19, said: 'I am really happy here. It was an important decision for me but the boss has told me that I will get my chance.' 2003-06 - Prem apps: 1. Goals: 0 NORWICH August, 2004 He spent a season on loan from 2004 and, after moving from Arsenal reserves, said: 'I will have to compete for my place but I am looking forward to a new challenge, to more first-team football and the chance to improve.' 2004-05 - Prem apps: 26. Goals: 2 BLACKBURN 2006 Bentley hit a hat-trick against Manchester United after his loan to Blackburn became a permanent move in 2006. 'This is the start of my career - and what a way to do it,' said Bentley. 'I'm at a happy club and all I can do is keep working hard. I didn't really enjoy my day-to-day life at Arsenal.' 2005-08 - Prem apps: 102. Goals: 13 TOTTENHAM July, 2008 Following his £15million move to Spurs in 2008, Bentley said: 'I have to earn my right to be at this club, a club that is in my heart. I've had to fight for everything I've got but that's how it has to be. For a team to be a success we all have to fight for each other.' 2008-10 - Prem apps: 42. Goals: 2.  Dion Dublin tells Villa: Play like men, not boys and show Birmingham what you're really made ofAlex McLeish believes Birmingham are paying the penaltyBIRMINGHAM CITY FC: All the latest news from across the web  Explore more:People: David Bentley Places: Birmingham


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