Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has told Football FanCast in an exclusive interview that he would not bring Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke back to Villa Park if he had the opportunity to.
The Belgian striker’s £120,000-a-week contract is up in the summer, meaning Villa could pick him up on a free transfer if they are interested in him.
Hendrie, however, is not too keen, suggesting such a move would be a backward step for the Villans.
When asked by FFC if he would take Benteke back, the ex-Villa player said:
“I just feel that I look at his record over the past few years and it hasn’t given me any wow factor.
“I think it’d be a backward step if I’m being personally honest. I just feel that if he’s a younger player and he’s still got that little bit of bite and that energy, I just feel possibly, but I’d be one that would certainly be avoiding that, for sure.”
Benteke has really come to life in this last part of the season, scoring in his last four games in a row.
However, his overall goalscoring record at Palace has been far from convincing, so concerns about the 30-year-old’s ability to consistently find the back of the net at this level are understandable.