“He was massive at Villa as a young player, but I don’t think he scores enough goals. Hold-up play? I’m not too sure. I don’t think Benteke would be in my starting XI, squad player yes.
“He’s done well for his country, but he’s not consistent enough and I didn’t think he would be signing a new contract. For me, he’s a Championship player at best.”
The Belgian international’s end to the Premier League season suggests that he still has something to offer Crystal Palace next season, and it will be interesting to see how he performs under new manager Patrick Vieira.
The previous three Premier League seasons saw him contribute just six goals in 61 top-flight appearances, so if he hadn’t have finished the season strongly, it would have not been a surprise to see him depart Selhurst Park when his contract was set to expire.
The South London side offered him a new two-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2023, which could well prove to be a disastrous decision by chairman Steve Parish if his form relapses again next season under Vieira.
The Belgian forward was reportedly earning £120k per week before his extension, so will likely be one of the top earners at the club.
Whilst it is perhaps harsh of Bent to describe Benteke as a “Championship player”, given that he has 82 Premier League goals in his career, you can certainly see why he was surprised that he was offered a new deal at the club considering his less than impressive form in recent seasons.