In playing for a team that doesn’t traditionally score a great deal of goals in the modern Premier League era, Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has certainly done well to establish himself as a deadly striker whilst being on the books at Villa Park.
The big Belgian has had a frustratingly extensive amount of injuries to deal with in the past few seasons – yet even with such a notion on board – the 24-year-old frontman has managed to do the business for his respective managers in the claret & blue, regardless of how well Villa have actually performed in that time.
So, with Tim Sherwood’s new side seemingly unable to avoid the ever dreaded relegation dog fights year after year, where will the former Genk star eventually end up plying his trade next season?
Will the striker be tempted by an illustrious move elsewhere, particularly if the lure of European football is on the table, or will Christian Benteke stay true to his adoring Villa Park faithful, and stick with his current side at least for the foreseeable future? Time will seemingly have to tell…
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What is definitely certain in all of this however, is the fact that Aston Villa’s main man up top certainly goes down as an impressive talent. He may not have his overall game completely fine-tuned without the inevitable bad performance taking place here and there, but ultimately Benteke is still a player who would get in most Premier League sides at the minute, wherever they happen to stand in the table.
The rising star of the English game simply has a composure in the opposition’s third that all good strikers need to have if they are to make it at the top level. The no. 20 has a natural instinct for goals when he is given ample opportunity, he can link up more than effectively with his teammates on the counter-attack – and at the decent age of only 24-years-old – there is still seemingly a lot more to come from the Belgian international in the next few seasons.
Christian Benteke is also very adept at applying himself in the many physical, aerial battles that the Premier League often throws up, yet he can also play the ball nicely on the deck with an admirable amount of technical flair and ability. Such a combination therefore makes him a huge threat for any opposition.
However, all is not quite as it seems when it comes to Aston Villa’s new cult hero. Despite turning 2014/15 into a decent campaign since coming back from injury – with 12 goals scored in all competitions this term – we have seen in seasons past that Christian Benteke doesn’t always show the level of dedication and effort that is expected these days.
Sometimes he simply looks disinterested with thoughts not truly aligned with Aston Villa’s cause. Such a statement can obviously only be made as speculation admittedly, but as quite a lot of games seemed to pass the Belgian star by throughout the course of last season, it arrives as a fair suggestion at the very least.
As Tim Sherwood seems to have injected a good amount of energy and enthusiasm back into the Aston Villa set up of late though, maybe Benteke will be tempted to stay at Villa Park in the long run if the club show enough ambition throughout the summer transfer window.
No big team has made a great deal of movement in the striker’s direction of late, yet as we know the summer can be a testing time for smaller teams looking to hold onto their very best talents at all costs, perhaps now is simply too early a time to speculate on the future of Chrisitan Benteke.