Garth Crooks raves about Christian Benteke, compares him to Adebayor

Benteke 2

BBC pundit Garth Crooks believes Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is back to his best.

Pundit Garth Crooks has written in his weekly BBC Team of the Week column that Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is back to his best under Tim Sherwood.

Villa recorded a huge 4-0 win over relegation rivals Sunderland, and the result took them above the Black Cats and three points clear of the drop zone.

Gabriel Agbonlahor was one of the heroes for Villa, scoring twice in the first half - as did Belgian international Benteke, who appears to be hitting form at the right time.

The 23-year-old hit 34 goals in first two seasons for Villa, but has struggled so far this term; until Saturday's game, that is.

Benteke looked like he was back to his best, terrorising the Sunderland defence with his pace and power, as well as his clinical ability in front of goal to give Villa a priceless victory.

BBC pundit Crooks has unsurprisingly selected Benteke in his Team of the Week, and wrote that Benteke is following the same script as Emmanuel Adebayor did for Sherwood at Tottenham last season.

"The boy looks back to his best," wrote Crooks. "Christian Benteke took both his goals against Sunderland with an ease and panache that makes you wonder why he suffered from a lack of form earlier in the season."

"What is becoming abundantly clear is that Villa boss Tim Sherwood is having the same effect on Benteke as he had on Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor last season. Great news for Villa fans," he added.

The Adebayor-Benteke comparison was one which was made when Sherwood was first appointed Villa boss, having revitalised Adebayor at Tottenham in the second half of last season.

We'll need to see more from Benteke between now and the end of the season, but based on his showing against Sunderland, the signs are good.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch