Should Aston Villa bring back Christian Benteke?

Crystal Palace's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke reacts after missing a shot on goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Crystal...

Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke has been struggling for form at Crystal Palace recently.

Crystal Palace's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Crystal...

Aston Villa’s promotion back to the Premier League may give them a chance of bringing Christian Benteke back.

The Times have suggested that Crystal Palace are open to selling Benteke this summer, with the target-man badly struggling for goals in the last two seasons.

Villa may well be an ideal move for Benteke, who looks desperately short of confidence.

The Belgian striker hit 49 goals in 101 appearances for Villa during his first stint with the club, which lasted between 2012 and 2015.

 

During that time Benteke played his finest football in England, but he looks a shadow of his former self right now.

The 28-year-old looks bereft of confidence in front of goal, and has just four goals to his name over the last two seasons.

Villa supporters have been keen to see Benteke back at Villa Park for some time now, but his wages have proven prohibitive in any move.

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on May 2, 2015 in...

Benteke is on £130,000-a-week at Palace, according to the Daily Mail, and taking on that sort of salary was just not viable for a Championship club.

Villa’s promotion to the Premier League means that they now can set their sights much higher though.

And with Palace said to be considering offers of £15 million for the forward (Times), Dean Smith should give serious consideration into bringing Benteke back to Villa.

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates his goal for Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light on March 14, 2015...

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