Villa striker explains Sherwood's advice which has helped him 'destroy' defenders

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has been singing the praises of Tim Sherwood.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has told the Express and Star that he thinks Tim Sherwood has helped him to 'destroy' defenders.

Benteke has been much improved since Sherwood took charge and the Belgian international has paid tribute to his manager's role in helping him rediscover his mojo.

The 24-year-old says that Sherwood has got the whole Villa team playing to their strengths and feels he has benefitted from playing alongside Gabriel Agbonlahor.

“He (Sherwood) said to the team we have to play to our strengths, to play with me and Gabby," Benteke said. "He helped me to destroy the defenders, with two we’re always better than one. I’m comfortable, it’s a good partnership.”

Under Paul Lambert earlier in the season, Benteke appeared off the pace and frequently looked isolated, with Villa keen to keep numbers back in defence.

Sherwood has given the team more licence to attack, though, and few players have benefitted as much as Benteke.

The powerful front-man now has eight goals in his last six games, and his purple patch has been a major contributing factor to Villa climbing the Premier League table.

The Claret and Blues are now six points clear of the relegation zone and, with an FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool on the horizon, the future of the club is looking much brighter.

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