Former Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he doesn’t feel the club’s manager Tim Sherwood has much choice over the future of Christian Benteke.
Sky Sports has reported that the striker has a buy-out clause in his contract worth in the region of £32.5 million, meaning any team with Champions League football in the bank has a very clear blueprint if they want to move and sign the player.
“If you get a player in front of you, you call him into your office and he says he wants to leave. I’d always be prepared to let him go. I don’t like the idea of keeping players who don’t want to play for you,” he told talkSPORT.
What’s the danger for Sherwood?
The danger for Tim Sherwood is that he has an unmotivated player in his squad, who he’s looking to build the attack around.
If Benteke already has his mind on other things, he won’t have the same spring in his step and the same impact in Aston Villa’s attack as he would if they were his only focus.
It’s a danger because that unmotivated attitude can rub off negatively on other teammates who could grow annoyed by the player.
Sell to the highest bidder?
It’s unlikely that Randy Lerner will back Sherwood to the hills in terms of the players he wants to sign in the transfer market.
Therefore, a big money deal for Benteke becomes more appealing because it gives the manager extra opportunities in terms of improving his squad.
He can reinvest in two or three top quality players, which would improve his squad options moving forward.