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Ex Aston Villa and Chelsea striker feels Benteke was 'needed' by Blues

Tony Cascarino believes that Christian Benteke was the perfect option for Chelsea this summer.

TV pundit and former footballer Tony Cascarino has been talking about Chelsea this week - specifically how the club may have missed out on a trick by not signing Christian Benteke.

The former Republic of Ireland international may have made his biggest impact in French football at Marseille and Nancy - but in England he played for both Aston Villa and Chelsea in 1990-91 and 1992-1994 respectively - with neither move proving to live up to expectation.

In fact, it was after his time at Stamford Bridge he decided to take a leap of faith and sign on with, the at time troubled, Marseille side.

Nowadays better known for his auto-biographical book and occasional punditry he made the comments talking to talkSPORT yesterday.

Here they are:

“I spoke over the summer about the urgency of buying a replacement for Didier Drogba and I thought the best player out there was Benteke. I felt that would have been a massive statement. He’s the type of the player they needed in the way they play. The way Mourinho’s teams have played over the years, he loves that physical man, and he doesn’t have it. He has three forwards and doesn’t know which one to pick. It would have made a huge difference.”

Of course Benteke was available for a very brief period of time. After initially handing in a transfer request he retracted that, and in due course he signed a new deal with Aston Villa.

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But considering his uncanny resemblance in playing style to that of his beloved Didier Drogba it is surprising that Jose Mourinho never went for his signature with gusto.

Instead they have snapped up too many attacking midfielders and signed what appears to be a washed up old striker in Samuel Eto’o to plug the gaps.

Benteke would certainly have been tempted - with Belgian company in the form of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.

Now Chelsea must watch on, as Benteke aims to take his goal tally for the season beyond its current standing of five in six at Norwich today - considering Chelsea’s overall tally for the season is just seven from six it is pretty clear that Benteke would have made an excellent signing.

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