How do Aston Villa go about replacing Christian Benteke?

Aston Villa face the daunting prospect of potentially having to replace Christian Benteke so how should they go about it?

The striker scored 19 Premier League goals last season, so the natural reaction is going to be attracting an established goalscorer with the same sort of ability to hit the back of the net throughout the season.

That best idea may be to try and find an established striker willing to join the club because Benteke has proven to be more than useful based on the way his career has panned out so far.

It will be very difficult for Paul Lambert to maintain his youth policy in terms of replacing Benteke because there is no guarantee that he can pull off a similar sort of masterstroke.

Villa are in a situation where they need stability, they need to know what they are going to get so they have a better chance of preventing the sort of relegation battle which troubled the club last season.

On the other hand, Lambert has made some very good lower profile signings where he has been proven right such as Benteke himself and other examples like Ashley Westwood and Matt Lowton.

The club could choose to trust his scouting network to try and find another similar player who can come into the Premier League for the first time and grow into a very important striker.

Aston Villa do have bargaining power because they currently own one of the most sought after strikers in European football.

They can use him as an asset when it comes to getting their hands on a player or players who could be effective in terms of replacing him.

Villa are well within their rights to take any side going after him to the cleaners in terms of the players they can poach in the same deal.

For example, Tottenham Hotspur are one of the teams interested in Benteke; Villa could push to get Jermain Defoe, a reliable Premier League forward, included in the same deal.

Liverpool are another side interested; Villa could push to sign a couple of the immensely talented young attacking players at Anfield on loan for the rest of the season.

They could choose to just do a straight up, big money deal for Benteke which could net them in the region of £25-30 million.

That’s a substantial amount of money which Lambert could use to directly improve other areas of the side, making it easier for the attacking players he already has to score the goals that will be lost with Benteke’s exit.

Whichever option the club chooses, it’s going to be difficult because Benteke looks like he’s going to become a very special player.

How do you think it will pan out? How should Villa approach keeping him?

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