Ray Wilkins comments on Aston Villa replacing Christian Benteke

Aston Villa are looking to replace Benteke, who left the club to sign with Liverpool.

Benteke left Villa Park earlier this week, and Ray Wilkins has admitted to the Birmingham Mail that replacing the striker will be ‘very hard’ this summer.

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.

Villa have reportedly had a bid accepted for Lorient forward Jordan Ayew, according to Sky Sports, and the Mail have claimed they are looking at Diego Rolan.

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.

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