Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke became the top scoring Belgian in Premier League history after netting twice during his side’s 3-2 win over Everton.
The former Genk striker struggled for form and fitness at the beginning of the campaign and found himself starved of opportunities as Villa dwindled under former boss Paul Lambert.
Yet, since the arrival of former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood, the powerful striker has been in the form of his life – scoring 10 Premier League goals in just eight matches.
His goals have coincided with Villa’s rise up the table and they could play a huge part in preserving their Premier League status for another season.
In his latest outing, the 24-year-old headed in from Fabian Delph's 10th minute cross before scoring a second just before half-time, becoming the all-time top scoring Belgian in PL history in the process.
41 - Christian Benteke (41) has now overtaken Romelu Lukaku (40) as the top scoring Belgian player in PL history. Battle.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) Mayo 2, 2015
Fellow Belgian international Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for the Toffees – and drew level with Benteke in the scoring charts – but it wasn’t enough as Tom Cleverly later made sure of three points.
The win takes Tim Sherwood’s men up to 14th in the table, replacing Newcastle United, who dropped a position as a result of their woeful 3-0 defeat at Leicester City earlier in the day.
Villa’s survival hopes are firmly in their own hands, and with their number one striker in such form it would take a brave man to bet against them beating the drop come the end of the season.