The New Voice Of Football column at FootballFancast.com
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Juande Ramos has not even been in the hotseat at Real Madrid for a week and already the media have linked the Spaniard with January moves for his former charges Didier Zokora, Aaron Lennon and the ‘Argos Beckham’ David Bentley along with Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Now while Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly said that only Lennon will be allowed to leave White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu at top-dollar of course at £20million. Would it not make more sense to offload Bentley to the La Liga Champions?
You see I feel that under Harry Redknapp, Lennon has started to show the sort of form that propelled him into the England squad a couple of years ago, while ‘Argos Beckham’ might have scored a wonder-goal against bitter rivals Arsenal at the Emirates, but apart from that isolated incident has really flattered to deceive in the White shirt of Tottenham since his big-money move from Blackburn Rovers in the summer.
No doubt that ‘Argos’ is a good player with excellent technique, but does he do enough for the full 90 minutes game in game out? The answer is no, Bentley is quick to drift out of games when the going gets tough. Lennon on the other hand although tackling is definitely not his forte is willing to track back and do his bit for the good of the team, while Bentley seems to have somewhat of an allergy to his own penalty area at times and can often be seen jogging behind an opponent, who is busting his gut to get forward to score against Tottenham.
The other thing that Lennon possesses that ‘Argos’ does not have is blistering pace. Pace can unsettle any defender, just ask Manchester United starlet Rafael, who Lennon gave a torrid time to in the clash against the European Champions on Saturday.
So if Ramos truly does want to bring the ‘Argos Beckham’ to Los Merengues to follow in the footsteps of the ‘Real McCoy’? Should Spurs not bite their hand off stick Lennon back on the right and then use the bundle of cash they receive from Real to get a naturally left-sided player in at White Hart Lane, which would give Spurs better balance.
Even though selling Lennon would represent a massive profit on the measly £1million they paid Leeds United for the speedster in 2005. I feel that it is Bentley, who is the expendable one and not Lennon, should Ramos be able to prise any cash out of Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon next month.