Stan Collymore has explained in the Bleacher Report how he thinks Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is getting the best out of Christian Benteke.
Belgium international striker has recently returned to form and will be a key player for Villa against Liverpool in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.
The former Genk star scored the winner against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday and a hat-trick against Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park earlier this month.
Benteke has suffered with injuries this campaign, but he is now playing the way he did in his debut season in the Premier League.
Former Villa striker Collymore has given his take on the 24-year-old’s return to form and has given credit to Sherwood’s man-management.
“Tim Sherwood has used the oldest managerial trick in the book by putting his arm around the Villa striker and telling him he is the best,” the 44-year-old wrote in the Bleacher Report.
Collymore, though, suggests that Sherwood probably knows that Benteke will be sold in the summer transfer window, and that is how he has motivated the Belgian.
“Usually, the trick to getting a lot out of somebody so quickly is to tell a player to do the business before the end of the season and that you will look after him by potentially letting him go,” wrote the former Liverpool star. “That’s what happened with Luis Suarez, and I expect it to be the same with Benteke.
Collymore is referring to the exit of Luis Suarez from Liverpool in the summer of 2014. The Uruguay international move to Barcelona after playing his best football in the Premier League in 2013-14.
Suarez scored 31 goals and created 87 chances in 33 Premier League appearances for the Reds last season, leading the Merseyside outfit to a second-placed finish in the table in the process.
While it is probably Collymore’s opinion that Sherwood is using the same strategy with Benteke - urging him to give his best and in return he has been assured that he will be let go if a good offer comes in - perhaps that could be the case.
Benteke is one of the better strikers in the Premier League, and one suspects that Villa will be unable to hold onto him if a top-six club come in for him in the summer transfer window.