So Doctor Evil reckons Bentley needs some tender loving care. He thinks that good management will turn the lad around. He believes that inside that very ordinary looking player is a super star bursting to get out. We will see.
The trouble is, Bentley has now been shown the door by two of the best man managers in the British game. If Wenger and Redknapp have both given up on him, might it not be time to recognise that Bentley is not as good as he thinks he is?
The lad has fallen a long way since he was heralded as the new David Beckham but there is plumbing the depths and plumbing the depths. How low have you sunk when you are second choice to Julian Faubert in the Championship for pity's sake?
We all hope Sam is right of course, but I reckon the odds must be pretty long on Bentley ever looking the real deal again. This hasn't been inspired by that miss against Millwall, it wasn't such a sitter because of the challenge anyway, it is because he has been in a trough for so long now. It may be that Bentley is just like Keane, a shot bolt farmed out to us by Redknapp in preference to having him sulking in the dressing room and depressing everybody.