Crystal Palace’s man of the moment Christian Benteke has vowed to recapture the form he enjoyed whilst at Aston Villa after scoring his second goal for the club in their dramatic victory over Sunderland last weekend.
Despite a glorious start to life on these shores when on Aston Villa’s books, Benteke’s high-profile move to Liverpool never saw him hit the same heights, falling firmly out of first-team favour under Jurgen Klopp, who made no secret of the fact that the big Belgian didn’t fit into the plans he had to drag the Reds back to the right end of the table in the long-term.
Whilst plenty of casual football fans were quick to pour scorn on Palace’s decision to shell out the £30 million necessary to lure Benteke away from Merseyside, those who have watched the Eagles regularly over the last year or two were always well aware of the impact his aerial ability could have on our results, with his first few performances highlighting just how perfectly suited he is to the tactical approach of Alan Pardew’s team.
Still only 25 years old, Christian is approaching his true prime as a goal-scoring force, which, when you consider the career path he has already trodden, bodes extremely well for prospects of Crystal Palace FC in years to come.
Having signed a long-term contract at Selhurst Park before going on to speak openly about his desire to prove his countless doubters wrong, we are getting a frontman with both the ability and drive to perform at the highest level for the foreseeable future; a heady mix for anyone of a red and blue persuasion, having trudged through our last Premier League campaign with so little in terms of a potent goal threat.
Anyone can speak confidently about the aims for season that lies ahead, but when a player of Christian Benteke’s quality talks, people usually sit up and take notice.