Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks believes that it will be tough for Aston Villa to hold onto Christian Benteke in the January transfer window.
Belgium international Benteke has started to recover his old form following his return from injury in October and is on the way to re-establishing himself as one of the best strikers in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old scored a brilliant goal against Manchester United in the 1-1 draw at Villa Park in the Premier League on Saturday, his second goal of the season in the league.
Liverpool and Tottenham are reportedly interested in the former Genk star who has proved himself in English football, and Crooks doubts whether Villa will be able to fend off his suitors next month.
“What a strike from the Belgian,” the 56-year-old wrote on the BBC Sport website. “Since Christian Benteke returned from injury he has found it difficult to find form but his performance against Manchester United suggests he's back to his best.
“Benteke never stopped looking to add to his goal tally much to the annoyance of United. The big question now for Aston Villa and Paul Lambert is can they keep him during the transfer window?”
Benteke handed in a transfer request at Villa following a stellar debut season in the Premier League, but he seems happy at the Villans now.
It will be interesting to see how the Belgian striker and Villa react if a big offer comes in. Benteke is a very important player for the team, and losing him could be damaging to Paul Lambert’s side.