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22

The Watchlist – Christian Benteke

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Jonty

Clearly, Christian Benteke has more over his main rival for the lone forward role at Aston Villa than three extra letters at the end of his surname. While Darren Bent was expected to lead the line for the midlanders this season, it’s been the 21-year-old summer signing who has been backed by manager Paul Lambert in recent weeks; relegating Bent, who is now injured, to just one start and three substitute appearances since Gameweek 5.

So why is this young Belgian international player so highly regarded by Lambert? His track record at Belgian side Genk, where he left to join Villa on a four-year deal, gives a good indication of his goal scoring ability. During the 2011-12 season, Benteke scored 19 times in 37 appearances. Two years earlier, while on loan at another Belgian club, KV Kortrijk, the then-teenager scored a similarly impressive 15 goals in 34 appearances.

His first appearance for Aston Villa, as a substitute during the west midlands side’s Gameweek 4 away clash with Swansea, also showed his potential, as Benteke lifted the ball over Michael Vorm and scored on the volley; a sublime piece of skill to herald one of the Premier League’s newest talents.

Only one more goal has followed in the Premier League, scored during Villa’s Gameweek 9 home game with Norwich, though he also notched up two Premier League assists – this means that, when on the pitch, Benteke has been involved in 50% of his side’s goals so far. In addition, the Belgian has also recorded two bonus points to take him to 31 points in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), where he is Villa’s second top points scorer, just two behind Matt Lowton.

Benteke has also impressed outside of the Premier League this term. Supplying an assist in Villa’s Capital One Cup third round win at City, he then struck twice in the last 16, as Lambert’s side saw off Swindon Town 3-2 last month. He has also scored four times in six appearances for his country over the last four months.

While many may question whether Benteke can cling on to a starting spot when Bent returns from injury (which is expected to be at the end of this month), Lambert’s ringing endorsement of the player’s recent display against United sums up just how highly he rates the Belgian. Having watched Benteke bully Chris Smalling before teeing up Andreas Weimann for the opener, the Villa boss went on to say:

“I think he’s not just a strong player, his technique is terrific and, for someone who is just 21, he can be anything he wants. Christian keeps going. He’s a brilliant guy as well. His character is terrific but my God, he’s a proper No.9. He did give the United centre-halves a run for their money”

Priced at 6.5 in FPL and 7.5 in the Sky Sports game (where he has also scored 31 points), Benteke has a mere 0.4% and 0.2% ownership respectively. With a favourable fixture list over the next four weeks (ARS, REA, qpr, STO), he has the potential to offer real value as a short-term punt and affords Fantasy managers an intriguing differential option amongst our forward three slots before Villa’s fixtures (liv, che, TOT) stiffen from Gameweek 17 onwards.

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    1. Bah! I shall repost this on the new article!!! :-P

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
      1. cheers for the heads-up.... ;)

        • 2 years, 26 days ago
  1. team linked, looking to drop noble/pienaar and maybe work on the defense, any ideas?

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. don't drop pienaar this week. at home to norwich and doesn't have afroman snaking his points.

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  2. current back 7 of

    begovic howard
    baines hughes cuellar wilkinson clyne

    fellaini and kack out so have to play 4 at tthe back

    A. Baines to Rafael and play howard rafa cuellar hughes clyne (assuming wilkinson is out)
    B. save the transfer as there are games on tuesday and i may need it. play begovic baines cuellar hughes clyne

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. id go with b but i'd play howard over begovic. I reckon stoke will concede against fulham

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  3. foster and walcott out
    guzan and silva in

    yay or nay?!

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. my team by the way

      foster, begovic
      baines, cameron, rafael, nelson, o’brien
      michu, valencia, walcott, pienaar, sterling,
      suarez, rvp, berba

      2 FT,

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
        • 2 years, 26 days ago
        1. on the transfer?

          • 2 years, 26 days ago
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  4. 8.9 TO SPEND ON A MID FOR NEXT FEW WEEKS.......

    A.) VALENCIA
    B.) A JOHNSON
    C.) A. N. OTHER

    Thanking you.......

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. valencia!

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
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  5. Mikel charged by the FA. The best bit of business Man Utd ever done must have been when they got £12 million compensation for him without him ever even playing for them!

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. i thought he was striker when I heard ManU signed him

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  6. Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sandro, Carroll, Sigurdsson, Bale, Dempsey , Adebayor

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. subs: Cudicini, Dawson, Livermore, Lennon, Dembele, Huddlestone and Defoe

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
      1. what time is kick off?

        • 2 years, 26 days ago
  7. Walcott+Berba->Rooney+Punch for a -4 hit? Also Rooney (c) with those 2 home games vs QPR & West Ham.

    Skip transfers for GW14, then 2 FT for GW15 to reassess lineup?

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. Berba is supposedly out for the weekend because his 2nd child was born. But waiting for confirmation before I do the transfers :)

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  8. Out of the blue but who to win the premiership this year? I reckon Manchester united (experience and consistency)

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. City because they're out of CL early.

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
    2. If Chelsea get a top striker in the window they will win if not then City.

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
    3. agreed...sadly...Fergie and his players are just mentally strong in a teamlike way...always have been...I watched Balotelli and then Torres staring at their managers when dropped or subbed,...and right there is the difference...

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  9. Why the hell is McAuley of WBA worth 5.6m?? I can’t figure it out, he used to take the set pieces or possibly most of them which would explain a slightly higher price – even though he hasn’t scored or assisted since GW3 – but I have noticed for a good few weeks that he doesn’t even take any set pieces anymore. All this and his price is still rising, can someone enlighten me??

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  10. using total fpl price changing - Do falls only happen when they reach past 100% or is there a 'grey' area that they can still go down in price in?

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  11. where can i improve? what should be my next move?

    begovic, tremmel
    baines, cuellar, clyne, gorkss, davis
    carzola, bale, hazard, sterling, mcnuff
    rvp, tevez, ba

    thanks =)

    • 2 years, 25 days ago

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