The impact Christian Benteke has had during his first month or so at Crystal Palace has been enormous, with the below piece by the always excellent Dominic Fifield putting it all into context.
Whilst the deal that brought Benteke to Selhurst Park may have obliterated the club’s previous record transfer fee, his start to life in red and blue has completely silenced the few brave souls who dared to question the logic behind the move when it was first made official at the back end of August.
Beautifully summarised by Fifield, the above piece offers an insight into the dramatic shift in mentality that Benteke has undergone since cutting his ties with Merseyside, thanks to events both on and off the field. With comment from both Alan Pardew and Roberto Martinez, (his new international boss) the reader is given the inside track on the changes in circumstance which have led to Benteke’s reemergence as a force to be reckoned with in the eyes of the casual football fan.
Plenty of footballers across the world would shy away from the attention that comes with being the most expensive player in their current club’s history but for Christian, the tag appears to have merely served as a tool to generate further motivation to succeed. Evidently a man who thrives when playing as the figurative “big fish in a small pond”, he looks to be remarkably comfortable with the prospect of Palace’s every attacking move looking to utilise his obvious strengths.
Benteke’s stint at Selhurst Park may still be in its relative infancy but his relationship with Crystal Palace FC is already looking like a match made in heaven.
Enjoy the feature.