Why Christian Benteke’s awful form is compounding Aston Villa’s misery in front of goal

Aston Villa’s goal-scoring woes continued as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle at the weekend and their star striker has been in particularly disappointing form.

Tim Sherwood suffered his second defeat in two games in charge of Aston Villa as they lost to Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday.

The result saw Villa fail to score in their 16th league game of the campaign, meaning they have scored just 13 league goals in 27 games at a rate of less than a goal every two games.

They still need eight goals to avoid setting a new unwanted record for the least goals in a single Premier League season, which currently stands at 20, set by Derby County in 2007-08.

What is the most puzzling aspect about their struggles in front of goal is the fact they have a proven Premier League goalscorer in Christian Benteke leading their attack.

The Belgian scored an impressive 19 times in his debut season at Villa Park but has failed to live up to those standards since. Although a serious Achilles injury, which saw him miss last summer's World Cup, has definitely had an effect, he has still failed to significantly contribute this term.

Benteke is back to full fitness but has failed to score in 10 league games, with his last goal coming against Manchester United back in December. He has only managed to score two league goals in 18 games.

Although Sherwood’s recent arrival inevitably means a more attacking approach, which will see Benteke given more chances in front of goal, the pressure is on the 24-year-old to fire Villa to safety like he did two years ago.

The Belgian has a point to prove and must start delivering soon if the Villains are to keep up their record of playing in every single Premier League campaign, starting with a home game against rivals West Brom on Tuesday evening.

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