How Sherwood has created a problem for himself with his brilliant start

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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has got Christian Benteke back firing on all cylinders.

Tim Sherwood may have inadvertently created a new problem for Aston Villa by restoring Christian Benteke back to his very best so close to the summer transfer window.

Although Villa needed Benteke to start finding form if they were to avoid the drop from the Premier League, his recent renaissance is likely to have reminded clubs across England just how dangerous a weapon the 24-year-old is.

The Belgian international had looked out of sorts after returning from an Achilles injury earlier in the campaign, but he has been back at his destructive best recently.

Benteke has netted eight goals in his last six matches, with Sherwood making him the focal point of Villa's attack.

The powerful striker's return to form has fired Villa to safety, but his long-term future is likely to come into question again soon.

Benteke has already been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the Daily Mail, while the Daily Mirror suggest that AC Milan are also interested.

It won't be long before more clubs join the queue for his signature, as a player of Benteke's talent simply cannot be hidden.

It means that the relegation fight may not be the only battle that Sherwood faces in the coming months, with the manager likely to have to convince Benteke that staying at Villa Park is what is best for him. 

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