Southend United manager Phil Brown: I'm desperate for transfer window to close - then I'll know I've hung on to Daniel Bentley

Hot prospect - Daniel Bentley

Hot prospect - Daniel Bentley

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SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown cannot wait for the January transfer window to end, so he can keep goalkeeper Daniel Bentley at the club.

The 20-year-old shot stopper was in stunning form in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Chesterfield at Roots Hall as he pulled off a string of fine late saves, including one to keep out a Marc Richards’ penalty.

And Brown hinted that Bentley’s form would soon attract interest from elsewhere.

“When you have a goalkeeper playing like we do you can’t wait for the transfer window to close to be honest,” said Brown.

“I know Ryan Leonard also had a very good game against Chesterfield but for me Daniel Bentley was man of the match.

“Before the game started we saw Kasper Schmeichel earn Leicester City a win at Leeds United in the televised match with some fine saves and Daniel was like him towards the end of our game.

“There was just no way he was going to beaten but hopefully we can keep him here until the end of the season and he can have something on his CV he can always look back and be proud of.”

Wickford based Bentley, who came through the youth ranks at Roots Hall, has now kept 11 clean sheets this season and only Oxford United have conceded fewer goals in the whole of League Two this term.

Echosport understands that Blues have not yet received any bids for talented custodian but Brown is certain the youngster is destined for big things in his career.

“Daniel has the ability to go all the way in the game,” said Brown, who had previously backed the shot-stopper to eventually go on and play for England.

“But I just hope that’s with me and nobody else.”

Bentley, a former Bromfords School pupil, has made 43 appearances for the Shrimpers and signed a three year contract at the start of the season.

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6:53pm Tue 21 Jan 14

tophat27dt says...

If ther lad has signed a 3-year contract, why can't he be made to stay? Or...offer him big enough salary to stay here. Without all his saves, we would be mid-table.
If ther lad has signed a 3-year contract, why can't he be made to stay? Or...offer him big enough salary to stay here. Without all his saves, we would be mid-table. tophat27dt
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7:07pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Nazzarooney says...

I think we have 2 hopes of keeping him. Ron Martin has previous for selling our best players. He's only interested in the money.

Rumour has it there is an agreement with another club already set up and thatbBentley will be loaned back to SUFC.

We've got more chance of having the stadium built than having Bentley next season!

He's a top top keeper and has saved up numerous times. He made 2 or 3 fantastic saves Saturday and it make s me wonder how he doesn'tt get more moan of the match awards. Plus it was noted that he threw his gloves into the stands. Does this mean anything .......... :-)
I think we have 2 hopes of keeping him. Ron Martin has previous for selling our best players. He's only interested in the money. Rumour has it there is an agreement with another club already set up and thatbBentley will be loaned back to SUFC. We've got more chance of having the stadium built than having Bentley next season! He's a top top keeper and has saved up numerous times. He made 2 or 3 fantastic saves Saturday and it make s me wonder how he doesn'tt get more moan of the match awards. Plus it was noted that he threw his gloves into the stands. Does this mean anything .......... :-) Nazzarooney
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9:47pm Tue 21 Jan 14

gary 51 says...

Sky Sports transfer news have Bentley valued at £1 million
Sky Sports transfer news have Bentley valued at £1 million gary 51
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11:04pm Tue 21 Jan 14

tophat27dt says...

gary 51 wrote:
Sky Sports transfer news have Bentley valued at £1 million
I bet Mr.Martin is rubbing his hands with joy!
[quote][p][bold]gary 51[/bold] wrote: Sky Sports transfer news have Bentley valued at £1 million[/p][/quote]I bet Mr.Martin is rubbing his hands with joy! tophat27dt
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8:05am Wed 22 Jan 14

smudge65 says...

As much as I'm a massive fan of Dan, we should remember his age and that this is his FIRST season as first choice 'keeper. Is a club really goingto shell out a million quid on a relatively untested player? Maybe if he maintains this form all season and at least a majority of next then we should think that he'll go? Having said that I could quite believe RM would flog him NOW should the rumours be true. Sad state of affairs. More money into that black financial hole. I though the JPT run meant we had "broken even" for last season? Having suffered the longest transfer embargo in history that seems totally incorrect?
As much as I'm a massive fan of Dan, we should remember his age and that this is his FIRST season as first choice 'keeper. Is a club really goingto shell out a million quid on a relatively untested player? Maybe if he maintains this form all season and at least a majority of next then we should think that he'll go? Having said that I could quite believe RM would flog him NOW should the rumours be true. Sad state of affairs. More money into that black financial hole. I though the JPT run meant we had "broken even" for last season? Having suffered the longest transfer embargo in history that seems totally incorrect? smudge65
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