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Why West Brom need to take a punt on Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke is the latest striker to be linked with a move to West Brom before next week’s transfer deadline…

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According to the Daily Mail, the 30-year-old Belgian is free to leave Crystal Palace this window after securing a new forward, Jean-Philippe Mateta.

The £8.1m-rated titan is yet to agree on new terms at Selhurst Park, meaning he’s out of contract at the end of the current campaign with the Baggies thought to be keen to strike.

Although it’s claimed Benteke could still see out his contract despite falling down the pecking order under former Albion boss Roy Hodgson.

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Shades of Lukaku

Whilst three goals in 13 appearances this season is far from inspiring, the veteran striker is a player who Sam Allardyce knows well having managed him at the Eagles in 2016/17.

And Benteke had some of his best success under the 66-year-old as he bagged nine goals in only 22 appearances. Indeed, it let to Big Sam dubbing him a “big catalyst” towards their season.

His goals that year contributed hugely to Palace staying in the top-flight, Allardyce added: “He’s a big reason why we’ve still got a chance of staying out of the bottom three.”

That scenario is almost a mirror image to what is happening at the Hawthorns right now, so perhaps the vastly-experienced Premier League man could be valuable to the Baggies in the second half of the season.

Currently, Albion only have one senior striker at the club in Karlan Grant and he’s on the treatment table, and even then his 25 top-flight appearances isn’t a scratch on Benteke’s 75 goals in 238 PL games.

He also adds a new dimension to their attack as at 6 foot 3, he’s a target man – sort of in the mould to Romelu Lukaku, who also had a successful loan stint in the Midlands, steering Steve Clarke’s side to their best-ever finish of eighth.

Benteke’s arrival could replicate that, only it’ll be a phenomenal great escape rather than a surprise run at Europe.

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The 38-time Belgian international may be perceived as a £32m flop having only found the net 26 times at Palace, but he would be well worth a punt for the next six months.

Also dubbed an “absolute monster” in the past, Benteke could bring Lukaku vibes back to the Hawthorns and given Big Sam needs all the experience he can get right now, a player tried and tested under his wing makes far more sense than looking abroad for the solution.

Baggies chief Luke Dowling must sanction a move for the £120k-per-week colossus before that February 1st deadline.

AND in other news, Allardyce could FINALLY axe West Brom stalwart by signing “extremely talented” £7.2m-rated gem…

Article title: Why West Brom need to take a punt on Christian Benteke

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