The pressure motivates me, insists Aston Villa star

Christian Benteke insists he can handle the pressure placed on him after Aston Villa's run of five straight defeats.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke insists he can handle the pressure which comes with being the club’s leading man.

Benteke returned to action earlier this month after being sidelined since April with a ruptured Achilles tendon, but has looked off the pace in two starts and one substitute appearance so far, failing to truly trouble Queens Park Rangers in Monday’s 2-0 loss at Loftus Road.

Having netted 34 times in 67 total appearances since arriving from Genk in 2012 for £7 million, there remains considerable pressure on the Belgian to rediscover his scoring touch amid Villa’s recent run of poor form.

Paul Lambert’s side have failed to score a single goal in five successive league defeats, but the imposing striker maintains he will thrive off the challenge to help turn things around.

‘I knew that, when I came back, people would expect me to contribute or to score some goals,' he told Sky Sports.

‘I understand that, because now, I'm like a star, so I have to take my responsibility. It's a motivation for me.’

With Villa hosting Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, the team certainly need Benteke to start finding the back of the net, having mustered just four goals, 77 shots and 18 shots on target so far this season – all Premier League-worst figures.

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