Paul Lambert hails ‘excellent’ Benteke
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has heaped praise on striker Christian Benteke.
The Belgian international has been in fine form this season, netting 16 goals already, giving him a chance of becoming the first Villa player to reach 20 in a single season since Juan Pablo Angel in 2003/04.
Lambert celebrated Benteke’s level of performance, saying that what he has achieved this season has been truly impressive:
“If he gets 20 goals, then he’s doing something good for us,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“The big guy, over the course of the whole season, has been excellent for someone just 22 years of age.”
The ex-Norwich boss went on to say that, despite his age, Benteke is vastly experienced and has the knowledge and ability to become a top player:
“He has been massive to us and also scores goals for a very talented Belgium side.
“For his age, he has played so many big games already, internationals, and it looks like Belgium will qualify for the World Cup.”
Despite only arriving at Villa Park over the summer in an £8m deal from Genk, Benteke has already been linked with moves to some of the Premier League’s big clubs.
Tottenham are said to be highly interested, and could test Villa’s willingness to hold onto their star man with a summer bid.