Sherwood: Opposition sides should be scared of this Villa star

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood believes that Christian Benteke is one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

Tim Sherwood has told Aston Villa's official site that opposition sides should be scared of facing Christian Benteke.

The Belgian striker has not been in great form this term, after missing pre-season through injury, but Sherwood still feels that he has the ability to pose a threat to defences across the Premier League.

Although the new Villa boss admits that the 23-year-old has not been at the top of his game, he is working hard to get Benteke firing on all cylinders again.

"Teams should be scared of him," Sherwood said. "They've got memories like me. I remember him terrorising defenders. We need to get him back to that.

"I've told him 'you were one of the best strikers in the country and everybody wanted you - now we need to get you back to that form’. It's in there. It's not a flash in the pan, it's embedded into him. He scores one in two. He's a prolific goalscorer."

Benteke has netted just three times in 21 games across all competitions this season and his struggles have been a major reason behind Villa's poor form.

The team is set up to function around Benteke and if he is not at his best, it means their entire attack is weakened.

As a result, the Claret and Blues have a combined total of just 13 goals in 26 matches and unless Sherwood can improve this record considerably, then things are looking bleak.

At the moment Villa are stuck inside the relegation zone and getting Benteke back to his optimum performance levels may be the difference between success and failure.

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