Despite scoring just four Premier League goals for Roy Hodgson’s side since the start of the 2017/18 season, a striker who looks a shadow of his former self continues to be linked with a dramatic return to where it all began for him in English shores.
The Express and Star reports that Aston Villa are interested in offering Benteke the chance to rediscover his golden touch in front of an adoring Holte End, though his £125,000-a-week wages threaten to scupper a deal.
Collymore, however, fears that Villa are letting their hearts rule their heads as they look to bring in a striker capable of keeping them safe from the drop.
“I don’t share my fellow fans’ optimism. I always felt the lad (Benteke) didn’t have the personality to kick on and fulfil his undoubted potential,” the Villa hero said of a forward who, while fearsome in stature, remains a gentle giant at heart.
“He’s quiet, surly and seems to lack the joy of the sport. Liverpool and Crystal Palace have broken Benteke and, even though he may feel a frisson of excitement at reprising the goals he scored at Villa, you can’t just switch it on and off like a tap.
“That ship has sailed – for him and the club.”
Benteke initially looked like a superb addition to Crystal Palace’s frontline when he sealed a £27 million move to Selhurst Park in the summer of 2016, though he failed spectacularly to build on a 17-goal debut season in London.
But with Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi, Cenk Tosun and Krzysztof Piatek looking more and more unlikely to arrive, could Aston Villa’s desperation lead them to a familiar face?
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