Shearer suggests why Benteke is struggling in Aston Villa's attack

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Premier League legend Alan Shearer has argued that Christian Benteke has been isolated in Aston Villa's attack.

Premier League legend Alan Shearer described what he felt was the problem Christian Benteke faces in the Aston Villa attack, during the BBC’s coverage of the 2-1 win against Leicester City yesterday.

Shearer said live on air at half-time that he felt the Belgian was becoming isolated up front, with little support from midfield.

“He’s being left to take on three centre backs – the midfielders have to do more – where are the advanced runs to get on the end of the flick-ons?” said Shearer.

Benteke is a unique figure in the Aston Villa attack because he can provide benefits and a presence, which doesn’t come from any other forwards at the club.

He’s a big, imposing, target man sort of figure up front, who allows Aston Villa to play the ball long.

He can hold up possession and is skilled aerially, which allows him to flick the ball on as well as providing a threat from set pieces.

New manager Tim Sherwood, along with Shearer, will be pleased that the midfield showed more urgency in the second half to get forward and support Benteke.

Leandro Bacuna and Scott Sinclair both scored to secure Villa an important win, which gives them a little bit of momentum looking ahead to the Premier League next weekend.

Sherwood will now be working on a number of things with Villa in training this week, as the side look to translate their FA Cup momentum into Premier League points.

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