There’s no doubt Belgium international forward Christian Benteke is the kind of player that Villa have been looking for. Throughout preseason and the first three games of the new season, while the team showed promise and progress everywhere else on the pitch, the final third let them down.
The Villa forward line went missing in games, offering very little threat, with Bent marked out of games and Weimann unable to get much traction.
While the return to fitness of Gabby Agbonlahor also offers an extra dimension to team’s frontline, it’s Benteke that should take Villa on a level.
“I think he’ll put himself about,” says Lambert. “He’s physically strong, the big guy. He’s a big lad and he’s got a good technique about him.”
With Belgium currently enjoying a ‘Golden Generation’ of players with the likes of Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellani , Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas, all playing in the Premiership, it’s also nice for Villa to have joined the Belgium Premiership party too.
“He will take up a lot of people’s time because of the size of him,” adds Lambert. “We needed that presence up top – something different, something unpredictable that could get us up the pitch. ”
Which will mean more space and time for all our strikers to play off, and the opening up of channels for our new passing midfield to exploit.
The main advantage of the Belgium’s presence though is that by bringing the beast out of Benteke, it should also finally bring the best out of £24 million man Bent. UTV.
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