Sherwood has suggested that the Belgian front man has hot and cold tendencies, with Villa needing him to find some consistency over the rest of the season.
Benteke was the man who scored the goal, which led to Villa’s first win under Sherwood with a last minute penalty in the game against West Brom.
“Christian Benteke, he’s a prolific goalscorer, he scores at one in two games – he does lose it overnight – I’ve tried to take the shackles off them (the creative players) a little bit,” said Sherwood.
“They do need to be responsible defensively – They’ve certainly got the character to dig in and fight against relegation.”
Sherwood’s comments are actually quite clever because they take a little bit of pressure away from the Belgian.
He’s looked at his best when he’s in a positive frame of mind with effectively a free licence to attack at the top of Villa’s team.
There is pace and good skill in possession in the middle of Villa’s side and Benteke is well suited to being effective from a number of different positions and in different ways.
He’s got the positive qualities of a target man and is equally well suited to playing on the shoulder of a defence looking to race in behind.
He clearly wants his creative and attacking players to thrive at Villa Park, which makes sense considering the pace and talent in the Villa squad and hopefully that will happen between now and the rest of the season.