Bentley seals Rovers return

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

FORMER Ewood Park favourite David Bentley has completed his Blackburn Rovers return – with boss Michael Appleton still not finished in attempts to strengthen his squad.

Spurs midfielder Bentley joined Manchester City defender Karim Rekik in putting pen to paper on loan deals yesterday, with boss Appleton still in the market for a left winger as he looks to boost Rovers’ late play-off push. Both will go straight into Rovers’ squad for this afternoon’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Arsenal, with the visitors’ 1,400 allocation sold out.

Winger Bentley enjoyed the best form of his career to date during his previousRovers spell between 2005-08, earning him England recognition.

He made more than 100 Premier League appearances for the club after signing from Arsenal, initially on loan, helping Rovers into Europe and winning the club’s player of the season award.

Bentley has struggled to regain the form he showed for Rovers since moving to Spurs in 2008 for in the region of £15million.

He has since spent spells on loan at Birmingham City, West Ham United and, earlier this season, Russian outfit FC Rostov and will be looking to kick start his flagging career at Ewood.

Appleton is understood to have signed Bentley with a view to making it a permanent move in the summer as he continues to make his mark on the squad.

The Rovers boss has also signed Rekik and DJ Campbell on loan this month and wants to add to his options of the left of midfield imminently.

Rekik’s arrival from Manchester City throws Gael Givet’s Ewood future into further doubt, as the 18-year-old is capable of playing left back and centre back.

Givet has spent much of the season as an unused substitute and Appleton has already indicated the Frenchman would be allowed to leave on loan should the opportunity arise.

Meanwhile, striker Anton Forrester has been handed a squad number and is expected to be in the travelling party for this afternoon’s FA Cup trip to Arsenal.

The 18-year-old striker signed for Rovers on a free transfer from Everton last month and scored two goals in his first game for the development side on Monday night.

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10:25am Sat 16 Feb 13

xsblue says...

up for`t`cup, come on you blues
up for`t`cup, come on you blues xsblue
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10:25am Sat 16 Feb 13

leitchy says...

Good Luck Bents!!! Good to have you back....this could be a very good deal for both parties!
Good Luck Bents!!! Good to have you back....this could be a very good deal for both parties! leitchy
  • Score: 14

10:28am Sat 16 Feb 13

dingles_do_it_with_themselves says...

i still remember Bentley's hat-trick against United....good luck David, although as long as we put in a good shift i dont care if we loose...the play-offs are more important in my view....followed by the ultimate goal...PROMOTION....
COYB
i still remember Bentley's hat-trick against United....good luck David, although as long as we put in a good shift i dont care if we loose...the play-offs are more important in my view....followed by the ultimate goal...PROMOTION.... COYB dingles_do_it_with_themselves
  • Score: 6

10:47am Sat 16 Feb 13

TwoTouchTugay says...

Im delighted Bentley is back, purely nostalgic reasons, but its could give the whole place such a lift. Yes his form has been poor, not made huge impact, and Roques return on loan was pretty forgettable, but im tired of all the negativity around ewood recently im happily optimistic that Bentley could be a stroke of genius. COYB. Lets have a Happy Appy!
Im delighted Bentley is back, purely nostalgic reasons, but its could give the whole place such a lift. Yes his form has been poor, not made huge impact, and Roques return on loan was pretty forgettable, but im tired of all the negativity around ewood recently im happily optimistic that Bentley could be a stroke of genius. COYB. Lets have a Happy Appy! TwoTouchTugay
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11:06am Sat 16 Feb 13

Jarrod Schulz Bearded Wonder says...

Bums on seats signing for me. Its time to back your club and get us back up to the PL.
All the doomongers and naysayers need putting in the chair for a witch dunking in the canal. Trial by water
My bet is if Dangerous Dave floats, its voodoo and he must burn and if he sinks, he's just a simple knobhead
Bums on seats signing for me. Its time to back your club and get us back up to the PL. All the doomongers and naysayers need putting in the chair for a witch dunking in the canal. Trial by water My bet is if Dangerous Dave floats, its voodoo and he must burn and if he sinks, he's just a simple knobhead Jarrod Schulz Bearded Wonder
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11:09am Sat 16 Feb 13

RoversMCMLXXV says...

great news..... welcome back Bentley
great news..... welcome back Bentley RoversMCMLXXV
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11:20am Sat 16 Feb 13

webbo69 says...

A no brainer. Now go and get Duff on the left. Cheeky tenner on the boys today. Coyb
A no brainer. Now go and get Duff on the left. Cheeky tenner on the boys today. Coyb webbo69
  • Score: 2

11:23am Sat 16 Feb 13

rovers india says...

hope david can give some good service to rhodes and if that happens and our defence hold on then we can surely create an upset. watching the match on tv
BlUE AND WHITE IN MY HEART. BLACKBURN IN MY SOUL.
hope david can give some good service to rhodes and if that happens and our defence hold on then we can surely create an upset. watching the match on tv BlUE AND WHITE IN MY HEART. BLACKBURN IN MY SOUL. rovers india
  • Score: 4

1:07pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Jack Herer says...

Proper brilliant news!

Top player, who had arguably his best years with us.

Welcome back lad.

Onwards and upwards for Rovers!
Proper brilliant news! Top player, who had arguably his best years with us. Welcome back lad. Onwards and upwards for Rovers! Jack Herer
  • Score: 6

1:17pm Sat 16 Feb 13

willhelmrover98 says...

rovers india wrote:
hope david can give some good service to rhodes and if that happens and our defence hold on then we can surely create an upset. watching the match on tv
BlUE AND WHITE IN MY HEART. BLACKBURN IN MY SOUL.
what channel are you watching it on?
[quote][p][bold]rovers india[/bold] wrote: hope david can give some good service to rhodes and if that happens and our defence hold on then we can surely create an upset. watching the match on tv BlUE AND WHITE IN MY HEART. BLACKBURN IN MY SOUL.[/p][/quote]what channel are you watching it on? willhelmrover98
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2:24pm Sat 16 Feb 13

MxMave says...

Bentley had injury problems at Birmingham and west ham and he did alright at rostov. When he was fit though he played well imo, you don't loose the kind of touch Bentley had, if we can get his head in the right place then he'll do grand.
Bentley had injury problems at Birmingham and west ham and he did alright at rostov. When he was fit though he played well imo, you don't loose the kind of touch Bentley had, if we can get his head in the right place then he'll do grand. MxMave
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Sat 16 Feb 13

1066 hastings says...

willhelmrover98 wrote:
rovers india wrote:
hope david can give some good service to rhodes and if that happens and our defence hold on then we can surely create an upset. watching the match on tv
BlUE AND WHITE IN MY HEART. BLACKBURN IN MY SOUL.
what channel are you watching it on?
vipsportsboxeu foxsports ...NOW!!!!
[quote][p][bold]willhelmrover98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rovers india[/bold] wrote: hope david can give some good service to rhodes and if that happens and our defence hold on then we can surely create an upset. watching the match on tv BlUE AND WHITE IN MY HEART. BLACKBURN IN MY SOUL.[/p][/quote]what channel are you watching it on?[/p][/quote]vipsportsboxeu foxsports ...NOW!!!! 1066 hastings
  • Score: 1

3:03pm Sat 16 Feb 13

1066 hastings says...

1066 hastings wrote:
willhelmrover98 wrote:
rovers india wrote:
hope david can give some good service to rhodes and if that happens and our defence hold on then we can surely create an upset. watching the match on tv
BlUE AND WHITE IN MY HEART. BLACKBURN IN MY SOUL.
what channel are you watching it on?
vipsportsboxeu foxsports ...NOW!!!!
66 hastings says...
2:57pm Sat 16 Feb 13

willhelmrover98 wrote:

rovers india wrote:
hope david can give some good service to rhodes and if that happens and our defence hold on then we can surely create an upset. watching the match on tv
BlUE AND WHITE IN MY HEART. BLACKBURN IN MY SOUL.

what channel are you watching it on?

vipsportsboxeu foxsports ...NOW!!!!
[quote][p][bold]1066 hastings[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]willhelmrover98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rovers india[/bold] wrote: hope david can give some good service to rhodes and if that happens and our defence hold on then we can surely create an upset. watching the match on tv BlUE AND WHITE IN MY HEART. BLACKBURN IN MY SOUL.[/p][/quote]what channel are you watching it on?[/p][/quote]vipsportsboxeu foxsports ...NOW!!!![/p][/quote]66 hastings says... 2:57pm Sat 16 Feb 13 willhelmrover98 wrote: rovers india wrote: hope david can give some good service to rhodes and if that happens and our defence hold on then we can surely create an upset. watching the match on tv BlUE AND WHITE IN MY HEART. BLACKBURN IN MY SOUL. what channel are you watching it on? vipsportsboxeu foxsports ...NOW!!!! 1066 hastings
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3:35pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Wes112 says...

When will people learn, that the majority of players that leave us for a bigger club, generally never perform as well as they do, when they play for us. Bentley, Bellamy (scores most goals in a premier league with us), Duff, Dunn (will always be remembered for 'that' failed skill) Santa Cruz, Warnock, even Shearer to an extent (what did he win at Newcastle?)...so Jordan Rhodes take note, stick with us lad!
When will people learn, that the majority of players that leave us for a bigger club, generally never perform as well as they do, when they play for us. Bentley, Bellamy (scores most goals in a premier league with us), Duff, Dunn (will always be remembered for 'that' failed skill) Santa Cruz, Warnock, even Shearer to an extent (what did he win at Newcastle?)...so Jordan Rhodes take note, stick with us lad! Wes112
  • Score: 2

5:21pm Sat 16 Feb 13

French Rover says...

Proud to be a ROVER ALWAYS....especially on days like this!
Proud to be a ROVER ALWAYS....especially on days like this! French Rover
  • Score: 3

5:31pm Sat 16 Feb 13

greenscreener says...

French Rover wrote:
Proud to be a ROVER ALWAYS....especially on days like this!
moi aussi.

Looking forward to reading some reports from the faithful who made the trip.

Well done lads.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Proud to be a ROVER ALWAYS....especially on days like this![/p][/quote]moi aussi. Looking forward to reading some reports from the faithful who made the trip. Well done lads. greenscreener
  • Score: 3

5:41pm Sat 16 Feb 13

modan says...

So everybody is proud Rover Supporters today ? Where are the 10,000 plastic fans these days ?
We 14,000 fans will go to Ewood Park in bad times as well as good times.
The Badwagon fans will be back when Rovers in semi and final.
Mr Appleton is a great manager turned Rovers around four wins and two draws.
Venkys will reward Appleton with a Rolls Royce if Rovers win FA cup and put Rovers back in PL.

"India is a rising Superpower " Cameron in India on Monday 18th february 2013 for British Jobs want Indians contract in a $1 Trillion infrastructure development contracts in India and fighter jets.
"India has Emerged" Obama President of USA

www india skyscrappercity.com
So everybody is proud Rover Supporters today ? Where are the 10,000 plastic fans these days ? We 14,000 fans will go to Ewood Park in bad times as well as good times. The Badwagon fans will be back when Rovers in semi and final. Mr Appleton is a great manager turned Rovers around four wins and two draws. Venkys will reward Appleton with a Rolls Royce if Rovers win FA cup and put Rovers back in PL. "India is a rising Superpower " Cameron in India on Monday 18th february 2013 for British Jobs want Indians contract in a $1 Trillion infrastructure development contracts in India and fighter jets. "India has Emerged" Obama President of USA www india skyscrappercity.com modan
  • Score: -2

10:12pm Sat 16 Feb 13

dallydally says...

Sounds like Bentley didn't track back and work hard enough when he came on today. If so Appy will be in his ear soon enough
Sounds like Bentley didn't track back and work hard enough when he came on today. If so Appy will be in his ear soon enough dallydally
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