Rarely do English players venture outside of English football, let alone to the relative obscurity of a Russian Premier League team. Tottenham player David Bentley however broke this norm when he was shipped out on loan in the summer to FC Rostov.
Bentley had featured in a number of friendlies under new manager Andres Villas Boas, and perhaps would have expected to be part of his Premier League squad, but he was instead told he would have to find first team football elsewhere, and his move to Rostov soon followed.
The winger was once touted to be the next David Beckham, a high profile Englishman to move abroad himself, but has only made 42 league appearances for Spurs since his 15 million pound move from Blackburn in 2008, with his stint at FC Rostov the latest in a string of loan spells whilst at the club.
It seems apparent that his long term future lies away from White Hart Lane, and would have wanted to impress any potential suitors whilst playing in the Russian Premier League.
However, having started their first two league games, Bentley has failed to make an appearance since, suggesting that his spell at the club will not be as fruitful as he would have wanted, and certainly will do nothing to persuade Boas that he should retain his services when the player returns in January.