Date: 15th July 2008 at 11:30am
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Following the confirmation of an offer being made to Blackburn for David Bentley I have asked Walker, probably best know to people as Hughes Da Man, from Vital Blackburn to do an interview, so … well here it is!

1) So Paul Ince has confirmed that Villa have bid for Bentley, what do you make of the bid, surprised?

Obviously it’s not acceptable or we would have accept it, but as much as I’m not surprised an offer has been made for Bentley I must admit that I am surprised the rumours of a bid being lodged turned out to be from Villa and not Tottenham, as he has been so strongly linked with Spurs in recent days. Most of the Spurs fans (and maybe myself included!) thought it was a done deal!!!

2) Do you think, as Blackburn have turned down the bid, that a price will be eventually agreed?

With all the speculation about clubs being interested and offering this and that for him, not to mention the fact that he has most importantly said he wants to go if an acceptable bid is lodged he will go, if not he’ll stay at Ewood Park and carry on performing as he has, it’s that simple really.

3) Will you be sorry to see him go?

Of course I will be, that is if (and I expect he will) he even goes before the end of August? ANY Rovers fan that told you differently would be a liar, as how could you not be sorry to see a player of his quality leave your club?!?! Much like your situation with Gareth Barry, we might be glad if/when it’s sorted and he has finally gone so we can concentrate on other matters but we’ll be gutted to see him go. No matter what people think of him (and Barry) we would all be thinking along the same lines with our thoughts about missing players of such quality and importance!

4) Before his comments on wanting to leave, what was your opinion of him?

They are the same as they are now, he’s a superb footballer who has the ability to become one of England’s finest in his position. He is the closest thing to David Beckham that this country has, and maybe will produce, and we all know that Beckham in his prime (and to be fair to a degree now) was as good as anyone. I wish he wouldn’t talk to the press so much as he leaves himself open to attack, and adds to his “arrogant” tag that he has, which he isn’t he’s just extremely confident in his own ability and talent, and why not!!!

5) What sort of player would Villa be getting, just how good is he?

I’ve already mentioned similarities to Beckham, and you would be getting a player that could one day be as good as him as he is still developing as a player. His delivery is superb and you’ll not find better in this country or throughout Europe. If he had extra pace then he would be in that undoubted “World Class” bracket, and wouldn’t be at Ewood let alone be in Villa’s thoughts, as he would still be with Arsenal if not playing abroad at a top European club.

6) Are his hair changes where the similarity with David Beckham end?!

I think I’ve likened him to Beckham enough, but again his delivery is the best this country has seen since Beckham. I don’t think that it’s overly fair to compare him to Beckham (even though I do!) but the similarities are there and quite plain to see so it’s hard not to!

With thanks to Walker from Vital Blackburn.


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