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Harry backs Bentley to shine

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp still believes David Bentley has a big future at White Hart Lane.

The 25-year-old has struggled since his big-money move to north London from Blackburn Rovers and has only started three matches for Spurs so far this season, all in the Carling Cup, the latest against Everton in midweek.

However, Bentley's biggest moment since his move to Spurs came in last season's derby clash with Arsenal, one of his former clubs, when he scored a stunning 50-yard goal in a 4-4 draw.

Speaking before Saturday's game against the Gunners, Redknapp said:"Plenty of questions have been asked about Bentley but he gave some of the answers against Everton and I'm hoping there will be more answers in tomorrow's derby.

"There's no doubt Bentley has balls – plenty of 'em – and his performance during our 2-0 Carling Cup win on Tuesday night was worth its weight in gold.

"What Tottenham need now is more of the same from Bentley and I can't think of a better place for him to do it than at one of his former clubs.

"It's not been easy for David of late. There was his well-publicised brush with the law on a motoring offence and, by his own admission, he's not been pushing Aaron Lennon hard enough for the right-wing position.

"A lot of people also have completely the wrong idea of what he is like to deal with. I can tell you he is a decent lad.

"Sure he's a good-looking young man and has talent in shedloads but he is not the flash Herbert some try to make him out to be."

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