Tim Sherwood: What Christian Benteke's form says about Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has commented on Christian Benteke's player of the month award.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has been quoted by the club’s website explaining what Christian Benteke’s Player of the Month award for April shows about the team.

Benteke scored six goals across the Premier League and the FA Cup last month, which has improved the club’s chances of staying in the top flight while helping to setup a final at Wembley against Arsenal.

“It shows the rest of the boys are doing something right to give him the ammunition to score,” said the boss.

“Christian is obviously doing something right by putting the ball in the back of the net which is the hardest job in football.”

When Sherwood took over as Aston Villa’s manager, he quickly identified the need for the club to score more goals in all games and all competitions.

He recognised in Benteke, that Aston Villa had a key figure who he could build the rest of the attack around to make sure the threat of the side going forward increased.

Any Villa match now sees the team trying to get the ball into him as quickly as possible because he makes things happen.

Villa have several players who are capable of a calmer and more intelligent style of build-up play, but with the Belgian in such good form and impacting games, there’s no harm in the side being direct.

Sherwood and Benteke should now be focused on getting the most out of his performances for the rest of the year and then reassessing things in the summer.

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