Benteke had a poor game in the FA Cup final against Arsenal, but has generally weighed in with several top performances since Tim Sherwood arrived as the club’s manager.
“It’s a clause in his contract which says he’s allowed to go at £32.5 million. I think that’s quite cheap. He’s been on fire and his season turned around when Tim went there – When he’s on form, he’s just the best in the Premier League,” said Dublin.
Benteke ticks all of the boxes of what some big sides will be looking for in a new striker ahead of next season, but Villa will try their hardest to hang onto him.
His strength, his pace and his control make him a difficult forward to cope with but Arsenal showed a challenge that Sherwood and the player will have to work on, should he stay at Aston Villa.
The Gunners isolated him well and made it very difficult for Villa to get the ball into him freely. Teams will study the way Arsenal defended against him and will work hard to replicate those tactics.
Benteke needs to reinvent himself to stay effective in the face of those tactics so that he can have an impact in all games for Villa next year.
The big test for Sherwood and the club is whether they can resist the temptation of a huge offer for Benteke, which would give the manager extra cash to reinvest in other areas.
However, one bad performance in an FA Cup final doesn’t make Benteke a bad player and he will be vital for Villa moving forward.