Before Spurs or Arsenal fans begin hurling anger filled spit towards my profile picture, please keep that phlegm on the tip of your tongue for a moment. I declare a cease fire simply because they (the words in the title) are not my words, but those of Gabby Agbonlahor.
In a season where most Aston Villa fan’s have been somewhat embarrassed to wear the famous claret and blue shirt in public Christian Benteke has provided a sense of pride for the club. Paul Lambert’s £7m capture of Benteke, from Genk in the summer, has represented one of the signings of the season, along with Robin Van Persie, Michu, Cazorla and Diame.
Benteke’s boisterous start to life in English football has inevitably attracted admiring glances from a number of Premiership clubs, particularly in North London. Aston Villa fan Gabby Agbonlahor echoes the high praise aimed at his Belgian teammate this season but, also believes that Benteke can do better than Arsenal or Tottenham. “Christian has shocked a lot of people. No-one really knew much about him when the gaffer signed him. He has done so well.
“He’s one of the players of the season, for me, so far. He’s going to get linked with the top clubs, especially because of his age. He’s young.
“He’s gifted in what he can do, so he’s going to be linked with a lot of clubs. I think he’s good enough for even higher than them (Arsenal and Tottenham). He has showed that by the way he plays with his composure for a big guy and he has quite a bit of pace as well.”
Both Spurs and Arsenal could well do with the powerful Belgian amongst their ranks. Benteke has scored 11 goals this season, that is the same amount as Oliver Giroud and Adebayor goal scoring tally’s combined.
Christian Benteke has become an immediate fan’s favourite at Villa Park, with many supporters seen wearing t-shirts coining the phrase ‘Unbelievable Bentekers’ across their chests. The 21 year olds popularity and commitment has not gone unnoticed by Agbonlahor, who added, “He works hard in training and you can tell the fans love him because he is the first name they sing. They have taken to him. He’s a good guy around the changing room as well. He’s learning more English and he’s a top guy off the pitch as well. I think the gaffer thinks that.”
The fate of Christian Benteke is likely to remain unknown until the end of the season, with much dependant on whether Villa still holds Premiership status. It may be stating the obvious but, it is imperative that Villa secure Premiership survival to have any chance of Benteke remaining an Aston Villa player. Whether Villa stay up or not they can expect to receive serious inquiries concerning their star striker from a number of teams, yet Agbonlahor believes that it will be his club that has the final say on Benteke’s future. “We will have to wait until the end of the season to see what the club decide. It’s not for anyone else to decide. It’s going to be down to the club and what their plans are for him.”
Aston Villa take on Arsenal at the Emirates this Saturday, Arsene Wenger’s scouts won’t have to travel far to get an up close and personal view of one of their main summer transfer targets.
Oooooooooh Christian Benteke, Oooooooooooh Christian Benteke!
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