Rumblings from Villa Park suggest an uncertain future for the club’s ownership and management. In times of uncertainty, star players often look for more stable pastures new.
One Villa star who might well assess his options is Belgian international striker Christian Benteke.
Benteke has considered his Villa career once before. In the summer of 2013, Benteke famously handed in a transfer request only to be appeased with a new deal.
With the big Belgian out for potentially 6 months with a ruptured achilies, Villa may be forced to lower their asking price.
Villa’s uncertain future might prompt once interested sides to take another look at the Belgian. Even though injured, both he and his agent have said he will come back stronger than ever, perhaps baiting for a transfer.
The club have publicly said they won’t sell, but a £15m offer for a player out until October might be too tempting to refuse.
All three London clubs are seeking a proven Premier League goal scorer next season. Benteke boasts 29 goals in 60 league games for Villa which is no mean feat.
However, where would be best for the Congolese-born powerhouse?
Stay at Villa Park
Benteke could stay at Villa. He would be their star man. Potential negatives would be the lack of impetus to improve, along with a lack of European competition. A mutually agreeable option would see him with the Villains for another season of fine-form before heading out for £25million.
Move to a top four side
The allure of Arsenal or Chelsea might be too much for Benteke to resist. After missing the World Cup with Belgium, he might crave the test of European competition. His injury, too, could motivate him to move to a better side capable of enhancing his potential. He would risk becoming a marginalised striker, especially at Chelsea, but, for the ambitious forward, it might be worth the risk.
Move to a top eight side
Tottenham or Everton could provide the most attractive option for Christian. Both are after a frontline ever-present to lead them into the top four meaning the risk of marginalisation is far lower. He could also retain the fan-favourite tag Aston Villa offer as being the primary marksman typically accompanies star support. He wouldn’t be initially competing in Europe, but he wouldn’t be battling relegation either.