VIDEO: Benteke Being Left Hanging For A High-Five Is Painful To Watch

0 Posted by - February 25, 2019 - News, Video

Christian Benteke didn’t manage to get himself onto the pitch during Crystal Palace’s 4-1 win over Leicester on Saturday but he was the subject of a rather embarrassing moment on the bench, being left hanging for a high-five by teammate Cheikhou Kouyaté. 

The central midfielder was brought into the game by Roy Hodgson with 10 minutes remaining, replacing the hugely energetic Andros Townsend but just before the big man’s introduction, he unintentionally ignored Christian’s offer of support resulting in a somewhat heartbreaking look on the Belgian’s face just after he admitted defeat and withdrew his hand. 

Roy Hodgson decided to go with Michy Batshuayi up top against the Foxes and was rewarded for his call when the Chelsea loanee gave the Eagles the lead late in the first half. Reacting quickly to a wayward long-range effort from James McArthur, Michy managed to guide the ball goalwards and beyond the reach of an incandescent Kasper Schmeichel. 

Benteke’s Belgium teammate almost added a second goal for the day with time running down in the second half, seeing a superbly struck low first-time shot pushed away well by the Dane, only for Jeffrey Schlupp to be brought down for a penalty a couple of seconds later. Captain Luka Milivojevic promptly tucked it away to secure all three points for us but overall, Batshuayi will have been very pleased with his day’s work. 

Quite where this leaves Benteke is up for debate. Michy is of course only on loan from Chelsea whilst Christian remains under contract in SE25 but with a game against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s resurgent Manchester United coming up this Wednesday, it’s difficult to envisage Roy Hodgson reinstalling Benteke to the starting XI in Batshuayi’s place. 

Who knows, Big Ben might come off the bench and grab the all important winner under the lights at Selhurst. That is after all, what having a Premier League level squad is all about; I just hope for his sake, there isn’t a repeat of his Kouyaté blanking next time around.

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  • tzcar February 25, 2019 - 8:34 am Reply

    your view is spot on,this also points out we don,t need this cart-horse.and i sincerely hope someone comes in and buy,s benteke.he,s future.michy was energetic mobile and looked good.all things benteke has,nt been for years.and to get him off the wage bill would be great.

    • Gordon February 25, 2019 - 8:56 am Reply

      I was about to post something similar, tzcar – although maybe also expressing just a little sympathy for the guy. Since coming back from surgery he hasn’t, because of the other options we now have, been given a chance to show if his injury was to blame for his poor form previously. Must be soul destroying to have an op, spend months working your way back to fitness and then find you’ve been eclipsed by a last-minute signing & you’re only selected for bit parts.
      But, yes, I’d also like us to sell him and offload his wage bill, but can’t see any clubs taking this on – unless, of course, we virtually give him away … and even then I wouldn’t expect there to be a queue.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 25, 2019 - 1:39 pm Reply

      Whilst Batshuayi undoubtedly adds goals and good positional play he doesn’t offer an awful lot in terms of hold-up/build-up play. Wins very few headers from GKs.

      Whilst Batshuayi would be my preferred option to start for the remainder of the season, Benteke can offer something off the bench even when his confidence and fitness isn’t top notch – the kitchen sink target man.

      At the end of the season, the chances of signing Batshuayi are low due to his price, wages and Chelsea having a transfer ban. Ayew will also be returning to Swansea – who would want that making permanent for 10-15m?.

      That means we will once again be left with two forwards. Benteke and Wickham. Benteke has proven he can bag goals if given confidence and the chances of us shifting him AND generating enough funds to buy a suitable replacement are slim. This means we will most likely be stuck with him until at least next January.

      Wickham is also a very good option IF he can stay fit. However, to avoid the problems of the past two seasons some genuine forward options need to be recruited who can also stay fit. Otherwise we end up in the same position as last time where Zaha is misused because we literally have no one else to play there.

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