Comparing Christian Benteke’s form pre and post Sherwood’s appointment

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Benteke scored a hat-trick against QPR to salvage a draw in a relegation six-pointer at Villa Park on Tuesday.

Christian Benteke’s excellent hat-trick salvaged Aston Villa a draw at home to QPR to keep the visitors in the relegation zone.

It was the Belgian’s second hat-trick for the Villans and only the 16th time in Premier League history that a player scored three in one game and his team did not go on to win.

Benteke has been Tim Sherwood’s focal point since he took over at the club and one of the main reasons why Villa have thrown more emphasis onto attacking teams.

It was a pulsating, thrilling 3-3 draw but the finishing prowess of Benteke made you wonder why the hat-trick only took his tally for the season to nine in the league.

In fact, before Sherwood took over, Benteke only had two goals to his name this season as Paul Lambert’s conservative style had an adverse effect on his form.

The powerful striker was often left isolated with no runners getting on the end of his flick-ons and no decent deliveries coming into the box from wide areas. Benteke thrives on both service and support so when he isn’t given any, he is relatively ineffective.

However, since Sherwood took over, Benteke has looked a player re-born. The attacking style the former Tottenham boss has brought to the club has seen the striker thrive in the main role up top. Both he and Gabriel Agbonlahor have been given a new lease of life under the new manager and you can see the confidence flowing.

Benteke has bagged a mighty seven goals in seven games since Sherwood became Villa manager, which is a remarkable upturn in form.

Similar to Emmanuel Adebayor last season, Benteke appears to have taken a major confidence boost from Sherwood and is thriving off being the main man in this Villa team. His goals should now be enough to keep them in the Premier League.

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