Football FanCast guest
columnist Dennis Roper feels that it is now or never for Bentley and Dos
Santos to prove they have a future at White Hart Lane.
One thing I love about
Harry Redknapp is that he is straightforward, calls a spade a spade, and he
isn't afraid to say what he thinks. It is refreshing as well, especially when
it is aimed at his own players.
I have thought
for a long time now that Spurs players generally get away with murder and their
complacency at times is what costs us dear. Where you have got the likes of
King, Dawson, Palacios, Keane and Defoe, who you know would run through brick
walls for the football club; you also had those who refused to show the
required amount of commitment on a regular basis and were just content to be a
part of the football club. The problem is we have had far too many of those
over the years and is the reason we never reach our required potential. There
is no camaraderie or desire to succeed in reserve and that is what the
difference is between the top clubs and the also-rans. Harry is spot on that it
is something that needs to be addressed, as a lack of will to win and genuine
competition for places has cost us dear for far too long now.
represents another opportunity for the fringe players to not only show that
they are worthy of a place in the first team, but the football club in general.
Two players in particular that are very much on the borderline in their
managers thoughts are David Bentley and Giovani Dos Santos, who once again have
the chance to prove they have a future at Tottenham.
The Mexican is a player who has had his fair share of sympathisers among
supporters, who believe he hasn't been given a fair crack of the whip at the
Lane. Harry came out today and claimed that Dos Santos has had his problems at
Spurs, behind the scenes and called upon his parents to intervene to get his
head focused. It certainly brings a little justification as to why he has been
overlooked throughout last season – Redknapp has hinted that things are improving
in that respect from the Mexican, but you do sense that these next few months
will be the last chance saloon for him to prove his worth and that he has a
future in North London
David Bentley is
another player who has a hell of lot to prove. Why unfortunate that his arrival
coincided with an upturn in form from Aaron Lennon, it is fair to say that
Bentley hasn't shown the application, when given the opportunity, to warrant a
starting place. It is incredibly frustrating to say the least, as we all know
that Bentley has the ability, but there are only so many times that as
supporters we can just sit and wait for him to prove it. If ever there was a
player who needs a rocket shoved up their arse then it is him, because he could
be a massive asset to this football club. Like Dos Santos, it really is now or
never for him to prove his worth and justify his £15m fee. Preston tonight will
provide a great opportunity for them to stake their claims and subsequently go
some way in ensuring they have a career at Tottenham Hotspur.