Dan Bentley has been asked to name the players who have most impressed him this season in the Championship.

The Brentford goalkeeper playing every minute of their 38 league games, so he’s had a chance to see pretty much every player in action.

The first two names he instantly came up with Newcastle players, putting forward Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey.

Dan Bentley say the NUFC number nine is ‘a class player and will play in the Premier League next year…assuming Newcastle continue in the way they are’.

As for Jonjo Shelvey, the keeper says ‘his range of passing was, quite frankly, ridiculous. I’ve never seen anyone pass like him…’.

Starting only 23 Championship matches, Dwight Gayle has hit an amazing 21 league goals.

Three of those were against Dan Bentley, two in the 3-1 win at St James Park, then the opening goal of the 2-1 victory at Griffin Park, before Gayle was forced off through injury.

As for Shelvey, he was banned for that away match but in the home game, he made the first goal for Ciaran Clark, then got another assist for Gayle’s second and United’s third in that 3-1 home win.

Dan Bentley speaking to Get West London:

“I think Dwight Gayle was one who springs to mind. He’s a class player and will play in the Premier League next year.

“That’s assuming Newcastle continue in the way they are for the rest of the season.

“Jonjo Shelvey, his range of passing was, quite frankly, ridiculous. I’ve not seen anyone pass like him…apart from (Brentford teammate) Josh McEachran of course.

“Britt Assombalonga is someone I know personally who perhaps didn’t play to his potential against us and he’s a real handful.

“Kodjia at Villa is excellent. Hourihane is an excellent player. The list is endless.

“Sone Aluko was a good player. Tom Cairney – good player. They’re our rivals but there’s no doubting their ability.

“There’s a lot of very good players – Forestieri at Sheffield Wednesday.”



  • TheNutJob

    Jonjo is the best passer of the ball in any division in England

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Only if the opposition stands off him .. once quicker players get in and around him he drifts out of the game or gets annoyed and booked or sent off.
      Not quick enough at premier league level… sell sell sell