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Barry Bannan wants the same diet as Christian Benteke

When Aston Villa’s miniature midfielder Barry Bannan stands next to the imposing Christian Benteke the results are comical.

Ignoring the obvious aesthetics the Villa team mates look as if they could be part of a comedy duo, competing with the likes, ‘Del Boy and Rodney’, the ‘Two Ronnie’s’ or to a lesser degree the ‘Chuckle Brothers.’

The Scot has been singing the praises of Benteke, who scored on his league debut against Swansea and has looked impressive ever since. He said, “He’s an absolute dream to play with, and I’m saying that after a few games of him being on the pitch!”

“When he came on against Swansea, it was a breath of fresh air. In the past we’ve had a tendency of not pushing home the advantage when we’ve been one-up. I don’t know what it is – we don’t mean to. But against Swansea we were in that position but we were going forward and continuing to create chances. I think a lot of that was down to Christian coming on.”

Much of Bannan’s praise was directed at the Belgian international.s powerhouse frame, “He’s big, strong and he’s a brilliant forward at holding the ball up. I know if I pass to Christian that I can go forward because I’m certain he’s going to bring me back into the game.”

“He is a huge guy around the place. He is unbelievable. To be as big and strong as that at just twenty one? I want some of what he’s been eating.”

Certain circles have already started labelling Benteke as ‘The Belgian Drogba’ and manager Paul Lambert recently referred to the forward as being “unplayable.”

Benteke may feature heavily in Sunday’s derby clash with WBA, and Villa fans will certainly be hoping that he does turn out more Drogba than Heskey.

images: © Ronnie Macdonald,

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