Filed: Tuesday, 25th October 2011
By: Staff Writer
David Bentley's five games on loan from Tottenham will eventually cost West Ham in excess of £400,000.
With the loan deal between West Ham and Bentley's parent club having no get-out clause until 1st January 2012, the Hammers are therefore responsible for a percentage of the 27-year-old's wages until that date - a figure estimated to be close to the £450,000 mark.
Bentley, who arrived at West Ham on a season-long loan shortly before the transfer deadline, was ruled out for six months at the beginning of this month after undergoing surgery on his left knee. It is unknown whether this was due to a fresh injury or a recurring problem.
The former England winger's five performances constituted three substitute appearances and two starts. He failed to complete a full 90 minutes having been replaced on both of those occasions.
Bentley at West Ham: blink and you'll miss it
All comments from the KUMB.com Match Thread forum.
September 10th: West Ham Utd 4 Portsmouth 3
(63rd minute replacement for Julien Faubert)
"Despite our crowded midfield, we needed to get an extra player in there to steady things a bit. Bentley did this and did it well." - indiehammer
September 17th: Millwall 0 West Ham Utd 0
(59th replacement for Matt Taylor)
"How did Bentley miss that, FFS?" - Welsh Iron
September 24th: West Ham Utd 1 Peterborough 0
(67th minute replacement for Julien Faubert)
"Bentley looks a class act and i feel theres more to come from him." - w6hammer
September 27th: West Ham Utd 0 Ipswich Town 1
(replaced on 89 minutes by Julien Faubert)
"I do not get Bentley. He is a tart." - Doc H Ball
October 1st: Crystal Palace 2 West Ham Utd 2
(replaced on 89 minutes by Freddie Sears)
"I can run faster than Bentley and I'm 53 with arthritis." - joyful
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by g portugal
06:53AM 26th Oct 2011
''To begin with, he looked nowhere near match fit which did not help. He also looked very rusty simply from not having played much football. His decision making was questionable and his passing was very hit and miss. Given that he only had a few games it is hard to be too harsh on him,but I don't think we played well with him as a starter, perhaps because of his lack of pace.
We were poor at Palace and he was part of the problem. You can see why Spurs were keen to loan him out - on recent form he was nowhere near good enough to feature for Spurs.
There is a lesson to learn here. When we take out of favour Premier League players on loan, they need to be players with a bit of pace. The last thing we need is another slow player as we lack pace as is. We also need to ensure that potential laonees really fit in. I'll take Faubert all day long over Bentley on recent form. Sadly, Bentley is simply not the player he was when at Blackburn.''
09:32PM 25th Oct 2011
''I see a legal issue here, I read somewhere a couple of weeks ago Allardyce stating that he probably was harbouring an injury for a while and probably had it before. If that was the case, it could be an out of having to pay his wages until January. If there was something undisclosed that both the player and Spurs should have mentioned then I am sure there is something that West Ham can do.''
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