VIDEO:  Every One Of Christian Benteke’s 49 Goals & 12 Assists For Aston Villa

1 Posted by - August 19, 2016 - News, Video

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. 

This video shows every one of the 49 goals and 12 assists that Benteke notched up whilst at Aston Villa. It’s astounding. 

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. 

Enjoy. 

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10 Comments

  • Richard C August 19, 2016 - 7:29 am Reply

    Very impressive finisher with both head and feet. What is so exciting is that he never blasts away at goal, everything is under control. We haven’t had a striker like that for a long time.

    • admin August 19, 2016 - 7:58 am Reply

      I’m still in a bit of shock, Richard.

      • Dave August 19, 2016 - 9:02 am Reply

        As a villa fan who can remember the whole premier league era. Benteke is by far the best striker we have had down VP. Better than yorke. This guy will single handedly win you games when your team is playing below par. He does have his moments like any striker but as a whole if you play to his style. He will deliver. Id give an arm to see him back in a villa shirt!

        • admin August 19, 2016 - 9:21 am Reply

          Wow, that’s some statement, Dave!

          Look after Mile for us, he’s a bit special.

  • Richard N August 19, 2016 - 8:26 am Reply

    This man will keep us up! (injury free, of course). At last, something to cheer in this stressful transfer window. 🙂

  • Richard N August 19, 2016 - 8:36 am Reply

    Also, just to add, for what it’s worth, I reckon this guy will leave us wondering how we managed to get him so cheap. Very exciting.

  • Mark Hughes August 19, 2016 - 9:01 am Reply

    Villa fan here. Great signing for you guys. He’ll be going straight into my Dream Team. Play to his strengths and he’ll do the Biz for you, guaranteed.
    I will say though, DON’T hope to keep him long term when he does do the Biz, unless you can get CL. He has high ambitions, and rightly so. I mean no disrespect with that comment.
    While I’m hear, may I ask, how much are Jedinak’s legs going? I’ve seen it alluded to when reading Palace forums. Really excited to have got him, think he could be our most important player this season. Hoping he can still be a force in the Championship.
    Sorry for the long post. Good Luck for the season. Enjoy watching Big Christian!

    • admin August 19, 2016 - 9:20 am Reply

      Hi Mark,

      That’s a glowing review of Christian, I’m absolutely buzzing to watch him play in red and blue.

      Jedinak’s legs are still fine IMO, he should be an absolute monster back in that league; could well be the difference between top six and automatic promotion. He’s a born leader, we still adore him.

      Cheers and good luck for the season!

  • Donkeyplop August 19, 2016 - 9:45 am Reply

    That 0-1 defeat at Selhurst still hurts. I blame Woy for being in the stands.

    • admin August 19, 2016 - 10:25 am Reply

      It hurts us all, mate… Haha!

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