Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has claimed that striker Christian Benteke has doubled in value since he arrived at Villa Park in the summer.

The Belgian striker has 14 goals so far this season and has been the sole bright light of a miserable season for the struggling Villains.

An £8million move from Genk in the summer sparked questions about Lambert’s judgement but that has been well and truly squashed as the powerful striker has become one of the best strikers in the division.

Tottenham are reportedly keen to bring the Belgian to White Hart Lane in the summer but Lambert feels they will have to pay around £16million to entice the club into negotiations.

The 22 year old forward will need to continue his fine form for the remainder of the season if Villa are going to claw their way out of relegation trouble and Lambert feels their ‘cult hero’ can do just that.

“When the guy came into Villa, people were saying to me ’who is he and why are you going for someone from Genk?’ Lambert told The Sun.

“With what he’s done, he’s a cult hero already.

“He’s only 22 and he’s got years and years ahead of him. He’s not at his peak, but what he’s done for me and for the club is fantastic.

“If someone wanted to buy Christian, they’d better have a few quid in their pocket.”