Date:Tuesday February 19 2013
In the last few days, the media have strongly linked Aston Villa's 'striking sensation' Christian Benteke. but is he Good, Bad or just plain ugly?
At just 22 years old and with 20 goals in 36 games for club and country, you have to give credit where it is due and agree that Christian Benteke gets the job done and quite often in spectacular fashion. Add that to his playing for a team that lack creativity, create few chances and are in a relegation fight for their lives, it adds to the argument that this is a player of quality and one that can get even better with age and better and more regular supply.
It would appear that despite earlier claims that Villa would be looking to build a team around their striker, the club have more recently hinted that this could change, whilst you can see that either their relegation would force them to cash in or that the player would himself push for a move, as playing Championship football probably wasn't what he envisaged when he signed for the club. The players agent has also appeared to be preparing the waters for a summer move with comments that will send Villa fans into an even deeper depression.
Benteke`s agent Erik Kismet : "It is normal that if you go to a club and do well, then other clubs will show an interest.
'Christian has shown that he can play in England so why not take the step up to the next level if the opportunity is there?
"At the end of the season, interested clubs will talk to Villa, but it has to be right for Villa, the buying club and Christian.
"If all three parties are agreeable, something could happen, but right now his focus is on Villa, helping them stay in the Premier League."
To add to this debate, I just thought I would add a couple of comments from the Vital Villa site, which are as follows:
If he wants to go let him go, he's over rated. This isn't a knee jerk to this article either I never cease to be amazed at how quickly Villa fans turn average players into heroes. Benteke could turn into a great player or he could never get any better. At the moment he is hit and miss and just about good at best AVbornandbred
15 goals so far in a struggling team says that he definitely isn't overrated. Starter and main scorer for Belgium, who are the up and coming team, full of talent. Start the bidding @ 25. Can't blame him at all for going which he undoubtedly will. He can earn three times as much and win trophies whilst not having to carry a team. Villan444
Fairly obvious to be honest. He's looked like a top 4 player most of the season. If he can move to a trophy challening team and triple his wages at the same time why wouldn't he? He doesn't owe us anything. I'd be absolutely gutted to see him leave as I think he's one hell of a player and also seems like a pretty decent down to earth guy too, but I seriously couldn't blame him for going. DeanoVilla
It is clear that Benteke has ability, but in my opinion he remains a rough diamond, who has the potential to either become a great player or simply one that will always lack that polish and his rawness,will eventually find him out, as opposing players become more aware of his strengths and deal with them accordingly. There is always a risk with players who have a great first season, that they either get carried away with the hype and tale their eye of the target or simply don't have that extra quality, once defenders work them out. At this time, I am still undecided whether he is the read deal or a flash in the pan that doesn't really have that polish to make the next step up and though there is real potential, would or should we gamble £15m on a player that may or may not become a world-beater?..
Date:Tuesday February 19 2013
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