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Poll: Who Will Be More Successful, Pienaar At Spurs or Bent at Villa?

Steven Pienaar has arrived at Tottenham Hotspur to complete his transfer from Everton to the North London club. The signing is quite a coup considering that Everton accepted bids from Chelsea and Spurs, but Spurs ultimately beat Chelsea at the end after offering higher wages. What does this say about Chelsea? Another debate for another time.

Today we want to ask you, the reader, who will be most successful at his new club. Will it be Pienaar at Tottenham or Darren Bent at Aston Villa? That is if both deals go through. Right now they look very likely. Share your answers why you think Pienaar or Bent will be more successful in the comments section below.

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Terry

    January 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Pienaar is a more well-rounded player and technically better than Bent. Pienaar also helps out defensively which allows the fullbacks to attack more. At Everton he had a good understanding with Baines and I can see him doing likewise with Spurs on either wing. While Bent has a good goalscoring record he is more of a poacher and doesn’t create chances for himself or others around him.

    In the long term I can see Pienaar being more successful at Spurs because of his versatility.

  2. Thomas

    January 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I’d bet the farm on Bent. He’s scored everywhere he’s featured. And if he was able to rack up close to 20 (or was it 20?) at Charlton, he’s sure to do well playing with the likes of Downing, Agbonlahor, and A. Young.

    Pienaar is in for a rude awakening. He’s gone from a regular starter to a squad player, in a hurry. But on a club level, it’s not a bad signing at all. Pienaar brings a lot of great assets and will probably be used as an impact sub.

    With the big expenditure by Villa on Bent, do you see Downing move on as rumored?

    • The Gaffer

      January 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Thomas, I’ve enjoyed seeing Darren Bent grow as a footballer from Ipswich to Charlton, then on to Spurs, Sunderland and now Villa. He’s definitely a nomadic player but he’s done well at each club and moved up the ranks, deservedly so.

      Personally I hope Bent and Pienaar both flourish in their new teams.

      As for Stewart Downing, I think he’d be perfect at Liverpool. With Gerrard being a ghost of himself, Liverpool need a supplier, a crosser of the ball. We thought Joe Cole would be it, but I’d take Downing any day over Cole at this rate. Not sure if it’ll happen, but Luis Suarez to ‘Pool could be a fantastic move too.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  3. Brian

    January 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Biggest thing about the Pienaar signing with Spurs will be how he plays. He has not had a season even close to his normal standard this year. Maybe it is because he was looking forward with his career, or maybe he was exhausted from the World Cup, but for whatever reason he was not playing very well. It will be interesting to see how he does with Spurs now

  4. tim

    January 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    How is this move for Pienaar a good thing?

    It’s not like Spurs already have 11 other midfielders: Huddlestone, Bale, Lennon, Jenas, Van Der Vaart, Palacios, Modric, Dos Santos, Kranjcar, O’Hara and Sandra. Not to mention on-loan Bentley and Rose, and youngins’ Livermore and Townsend.

    No wonder ‘Arry leaves a path of destruction at every club he manages.

    • David G

      January 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      It’s a good move because Pienaar is better than Jenas, Palacios, Dos Santos, Kranjcar, O’Hara, and Sandro and all the young players you’ve mentioned. He serves a decent back up LB by default if BAE gets hurt. He allowed Baines to overlap very well with Everton and I’m sure he could work well with Bale if needed.

      No path of destruction will be left as long as Levy is in charge. No worries there.

      Spurs still need a top of the line forward to put them in realistic title contention. If they could add that with a destructive CDM and either a world class LB or RB they could be realistic European title contenders.

  5. Joe

    January 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I think Pienaar seems like a move for depth as Spurs get ready to fight on three fronts (EPL, FA Cup, and CL). I maybe would’ve liked a striker or defender – remember folks, the window is still open – but I think if you had to compare Pienaar with Beckham now, Spurs are making a good choice for their midfield signing.

  6. Earl Reed

    January 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Pienaar is obviously a move to help with their depth heading into a period where they’ll be fighting on three fronts, EPL, UCL, and FA Cup.

    Pienaar has played primarily left wing midfielder this season, but can play from either wing. To me, this gives them a player to spell Bale or Lennon.

    One other thought…Bale had played a ton of wingback in his career. This may give Redknapp a different wrinkle to throw at clubs, have Pienaar and Bale work some overlap and make for a rather offensive-minded left side, even moreso than when Assou-Ekotto is back.

    • MennoDaddy

      January 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Makes me wonder, though, of what will happen to Pienaar once Huddlestone is healthy again.

      I think this COULD be a savvy signing for Spurs, but I still wonder why they can’t haul in a decent striker. All that said, I think Bent will probably be considered to have had the biggest impact, because he’ll be The Guy ™ up top for Villa, which is how he likes it, while Pienaar will compete for playing time with the rest of the Spurs midfield stable.

      • Earl Reed

        January 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

        Would Huddlestone’s return would be more likely to affect Palacios and Jenas’ playing time? Pienaar seems to be more attack-minded.

        From an purely offensive statistical view, Bent is going to be more prolific as a player coming in to fill a role that is desperately lacking at AV. Pienaar is another wing piece that will fill a role in situations, and also to spell tired legs.

  7. Kizza

    January 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I think it will be bent because villa need a goalscorer more than spurs need another creative midfeilder

  8. TJ

    January 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Bent will play every week and be adored by the Villa fans, Pienaar will hardly play for Spurs.

  9. King Eric

    January 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I’d have to go w/Bent as he’ll likely find the net wherever he goes and I can’t see where Pienaar would fit into the Spurs system/line-up as a nailed on starter, unless they play a 4-5-1. Since they’re already stacked in midfield w/the likes of Modric and VDV, I can’t believe Harry went for another midfielder instead of a striker or defender – it shall be interesting.

  10. adam

    January 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Come on you Spurs!

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