The Belgian striker bagged a hat-trick in the game against QPR this week, which ended 3-3, to demonstrate how important he’s going to be as Villa fight to stay in the Premier League.
“Aston Villa need to keep Christian Benteke fit and confident. If he’s both those things then he will terrorise certain defences,” said McGrath.
“He’s basically needs to do what he did last year.”
In terms of fitness, Benteke shouldn’t have a problem as long as he looks after himself and as long as Sherwood doesn’t burden him too much.
That will be difficult because it’s obvious how important he is to Villa’s attack, which will tempt Sherwood to start him in every single game.
In terms of his confidence, Sherwood shouldn’t have any trouble convincing him and making him believe that he is the main man and the most important attacking player at Aston Villa.
It’s then over to him to hit the back of the net with some frequency, which will keep him in form and that’s the key to him maintaining his confidence.
Next up for Aston Villa is a trip to Tottenham and Benteke needs to be all over Spurs’ back four like a rash to try and secure another three points for his team.