Jose Mourinho ended up bringing 32-year-old Samuel Eto’o to the club instead, after Benteke decided to stay at Villa Park and sign a new and improved contract.
The Belgian had attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal following his heroics the previous season, where his goals almost single handedly saved Aston Villa from relegation.
And Cascarino believes the signing of the powerful forward would have been seen as a statement of intent from his former club.
“I felt that would have been a massive statement. He’s the type of the player they needed in the way they play,” Cascarino said.
“The way Mourinho’s teams have played over the years, he loves that physical man, and he doesn’t have it.
“He has three forwards and doesn’t know which one to pick.
“It would have made a huge difference [getting Benteke in].”
It has been far from the ideal start for Mourinho since his return to Stamford Bridge, with his side on the back of three straight defeats in all competitions.
The former Real Madrid boss has also come under fire for his deadline day business, in which he allowed highly rated Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku to join Everton on loan.
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