Aston Villa are looking to replace Benteke, who left the club to sign with Liverpool.
Wilkins said: “To replace 20 goals is very hard graft. With Christian, I think he scored 42 per-cent of our goals last year in the Premier League so it’s very difficult to find those players. As much money as you receive in, you think can you replace him? Well, no you can’t because there aren’t too many out there who can contribute like that.”
The Villa assistant boss has brought up a worrying thought, with the club looking to sign a replacement for Benteke in the coming weeks.
Considering his vital role in the goalscoring department, it is not simply the matter of bringing in a new striker and immediately recovering.
There are no guarantees that any striker signed would be able to replicate Benteke’s form for Villa, and relegation looks a real possibility now that he has departed.
Neither are consistent goal scorers, and the likelihood of them replicating Benteke’s goals this coming season is low.
There is no denying that the money gained from Benteke’s sale will allow the club to sign another forward this summer, but Wilkins is well aware that any signing is not a guaranteed fix for the loss of the Belgian striker.