Paul Lambert: I always knew Christian Benteke would be the difference for Aston Villa

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he knew that if fully fit, Christian Benteke would be the man to get the club out of trouble.

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert told talkSPORT that he always thought Christian Benteke had the ability to drag the club forward if he was fully fit.

Lambert lost his job earlier this year with the side playing some dreadful football and losing matches, which left the side teetering in the positions just above the bottom three.

Current boss Tim Sherwood came in and revitalised the feeling and mentality around the club, using Benteke as his key figure in attack as he took things back to basics and got the side playing basic football based on their key strengths.

“I knew that if Christian was fully fit, he was going to be the main focal point to drag them up I think,” he said.

Benteke’s form has helped the club officially secure their Premier League safety and everyone will now be looking forward to the FA Cup final against Arsenal.

The fact the Belgian has scored nine goals in his last eight appearances for the club across all competitions creates a problem for Sherwood over the summer, because it’s the sort of form which will grab the attention of any side looking for a centre forward.

The Daily Telegraph is among the sources suggesting that Liverpool are among the sides that could be interested in making a move.

Sherwood firstly has to fend off the interest of any side looking to poach him and then needs to focus on effective ways to challenge him to become more consistent next year as Villa look to consolidate and progress.

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