Benteke explains how Bacuna is helping him rediscover his form

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has explained how Leandro Bacuna is helping him in the team's attack.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has praised teammate Leandro Bacuna in the Birmingham Mail, suggesting he’s helping him rediscover his goalscoring form.

Benteke was the man who helped Villa register their first win under Tim Sherwood and the Belgian will play a key role over the rest of the season, as Sherwood’s team look to keep themselves in the Premier League.

“It helps when you have him putting in crosses like that,” said Benteke.

“In the past weeks we have not created enough chances but he did so well and created many himself.”

Benteke is a very imposing and physical striker who is well suited to attacking the opposition defence and utilising his strengths to take advantage in the air.

For that to happen, he relies on service and chances being created for him in wide areas.

Bacuna has excelled out wide for Villa and a large part of that goes to the confidence which has been placed in him by Sherwood.

The Villa boss appears to have encouraged him to get on the front foot to start attacking sides and pushing their full-backs back inside their own defensive third.

He’s keeping defenders guessing, which presents him with those split second opportunities to get the ball into the box.

Benteke can go on a run over Villa’s remaining games and if his teammates help him do that, with Villa staying up, Sherwood will be one happy manager.

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