Last summer, Crystal Palace broke their transfer record when signing Christian Benteke from Liverpool. In the season that followed, the big man netted 17 goals in red and blue; all of which are included in the video attached below.
Given the fee Palace paid for the Belgian international, there are always going to be a few people who are eager to question whether or not Benteke has lived up to the hype created last summer but speaking from a purely personal perspective, I can’t really pick too many faults in the striker’s game.
Despite leading the line alone from week to week in SE25, Benteke has barely missed a game since making the switch to south London, dispelling any doubts over whether or not he has the stomach for a blood and guts scrap at the wrong end of the Premier League table after getting a taste of the good life whilst at Anfield.
Whilst he has scored his fair share of goals with his feet, Christian’s aerial ability is literally second to none throughout the European game; a statement backed up by statistical data available on popular football site Squawka. Unsurprisingly given this, he’s bagged a remarkable number of headed goals since his arrival, with his efforts away to Everton and Bournemouth respectively proving to be my favourites from the last campaign.
Next term, flanked once again by the wide pairing of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, I wouldn’t want to be against Benteke reaching 20 goals, regardless of the identity of the new manager. So happy is he to play alone at the top of a team, that goals will always come when he is given regular games. Likely to be even more settled and in tune with his teammates, there is no reason why his goals can’t propel the club into the top half of the table with a fair wind; particularly if we manage to tighten up at the back from August onwards.
A special mention should go to Benteke’s dinked winner away at Stamford Bridge prior to you watching the video above. It was a finish of such outrageous confidence and flair that it was worthy of winning any match. The fact that it proved to be the downfall of eventual champions Chelsea only adds to its allure for me.