After finally hearing the news that Liverpool have accepted a bid from Crystal Palace for Christian Benteke, we felt it was only right to draw your attention to the video below.
Crammed into less than eight minutes of footage (once you discount the opening few seconds of the big man celebrating) those watching the above video are treated to an absolute masterclass in goalscoring from the aforementioned Belgian. For many casual football fans, Benteke’s spell in the Midlands may be becoming something of a distant memory, but in watching this, the realisation of his true ability will come rushing back in a flash.
Physical, technically gifted and remarkably cool under pressure, Benteke was the very definition of a fan favourite during his time with the Villains, providing the sort of goal return that Palace fans have been dreaming of since our return to the Premier League in 2013. Whilst Dwight Gayle could have proved to be a long-term success if played in exactly the right sort of system, (a strike pairing with a bigger target man) Christian’s game is one that perfectly suits our tactical make-up, relishing the role of a lone striker with balls regularly played into his feet or head.
Whilst his spell with Liverpool has been branded as a failure by plenty of casual observers, the numbers behind his minutes to goals ratio actually make for quite impressive reading, leading to the suggestion that in actual fact, his game was one which simply wasn’t valued highly by Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff having been signed by Brendan Rogers shortly before the German’s arrival on Merseyside.
Given the massive impact he’s had on the Premier League since first being brought to these shores in 2012, it’s easy to forget that Benteke is still only 25 years of age, allowing Palace fans to hold out hope of keeping a prolific goalscorer on their books for a number of years following on from what has been a horribly demoralising stint with a stereotypical “big club” in the guise of Liverpool.
I defy you to watch the video attached above and not get incredibly excited about the player Palace are soon to have on their hands.