Christian Benteke

Goal of the season: Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 1

Where’s the love for this goal? All the Goal of the Season montages and polls are much of a muchness, and they all feature the same efforts - Rooney versus West Ham, Jonjo Shelvey versus Villa, Jack Wilshere against…whoever it was. They were all great and all warrant inclusion, but it’s amazing that Christian Benteke’s(…)

The positive side of Christian Benteke’s injury for Aston Villa 0

Christian Benteke has ruptured his Achilles tendon and will, having had successful surgery, be out of action for anything up to six months. Given the forward’s value to Aston Villa, that’s going to be very difficult news for the fans to take and, already without Libor Kozak, it creates a real problem for Paul Lambert(…)

Aston Villa vs Norwich: Analysing Christian Benteke’s first goal 0

Aston Villa were a different side before and after Christian Benteke’s first goal yesterday, and here’s a look at the moment which ultimately changed the game. The ending to this is obviously spectacular and hugely impressive, but there’s also a lot to admire about the beginning - in particular Benteke’s ability to keep Joseph Yobo(…)

Christian Benteke’s performance for Aston Villa: Graphics 0

That’s better. Christian Benteke may have had quite a few loose touches and less-than-great moments yesterday, but he was a real factor in the game and a thorn in Liverpool’s side throughout - especially in the first-half. Here are some of his graphics from Anfield, courtesy of Squawka. Latest article in The People: Chris Hughton’s(…)

Discussing perceptions of Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke

Discussing perceptions of Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke 1

Christian Benteke finally scored last night, ending a goal-drought which stretched all the way back to September 14th and Aston Villa’s game with Newcastle. There’s been some negativity around the Belgian this year, and over the past few months his lack of goals has spawned some criticism which, realistically, has been really unfair. Is Benteke(…)

Aston Villa with and without Christian Benteke

Aston Villa with and without Christian Benteke 0

It’s an international week, and the only topic which seems to be getting any coverage is Adnan Januzaj and his eligibility for England - and as fascinating as that is, I’m going to stay clear of it and focus on some bits and pieces from the Premier League. First up, here’s a quick look at(…)

Manchester United, the monstrous forward, and high-percentage stories

Manchester United, the monstrous forward, and high-percentage stories 0

When a transfer deal gets completed, usually it’s followed by one or more papers patting themselves on the back and claiming that ‘they told you about it first’ - and then some generic article with a lot of suggesting yet non-committing language is used to support that claim. Well, here’s The Mirror doing exactly that(…)

Player to watch in 2013/14: Christian Benteke – Aston Villa

Player to watch in 2013/14: Christian Benteke - Aston Villa 0

For all the ugliness which has been associated with Christian Benteke this Summer, he is going to be an Aston Villa player for the foreseeable future - and that will create a lot of interesting talking points during the season. It’s an obvious point to make, but this will be the second time around for(…)

2012/13 Goal Analysis: Aston Villa at Anfield

2012/13 Goal Analysis: Aston Villa at Anfield 0

Matthew Lowton’s ridiculous volley at Stoke is probably the most memorable goal Aston Villa scored last season, but it wasn’t the best - at least not from a pure footballing standpoint. When Villa won at Anfield, it was actually the prelude to some very dark times for the club which they wouldn’t emerge from until(…)

Discussing Tottenham, Christian Benteke, and Daniel Levy

Discussing Tottenham, Christian Benteke, and Daniel Levy 18

As regular readers will know, I’m not a fan of this transfer, and I think it presents tremendous risk to Tottenham - but it’s a real story now, so it’s worth discussing it again. What’s disappointing about the situation Spurs find themselves in, is that it’s relatively self-inflicted: David Villa was got away, Alvaro Negredo(…)

Comparing £25m options for Tottenham

Comparing £25m options for Tottenham 8

The consensus in the press seems to be that Christian Benteke wants to move to Tottenham, but that the North London club will have to pay around £25m for the Belgian. I don’t want to get into an argument about whether that represents good value, because that kind of discussion is relatively fruitless - but(…)

Next steps for Aston Villa with Christian Benteke 1

The Christian Benteke situation is deeply-regrettable for Aston Villa, but it’s important now that a decision is made about how the club are going to conduct themselves during the upcoming saga. Benteke’s transfer-request will attract bids, and in fact his demand is probably the result of him being made aware of outside interest, so Villa(…)

Why Tottenham & Arsenal should avoid Christian Benteke

Why Tottenham & Arsenal should avoid Christian Benteke 17

Christian Benteke’s transfer-request has been in for less than twelve hours, and already the rumours are swirling about Tottenham and Arsenal approaching Aston Villa. There might be some substance to that, but more than likely it’s just guess-work from the respective sources - certainly, Arsenal would seem to be all-in with their attempt to bring(…)

Christian Benteke losing friends and alienating people at Aston Villa

Christian Benteke losing friends and alienating people at Aston Villa 0

News of Christian Benteke’s transfer request filtered on to Twitter late last night, and the reaction from non-Aston Villa supporters was, in places, quite bewildering - there are some who believe that, having spent the last season helping Villa avoid relegation, the Belgian is now entitled to satiate his ambition. Why? Since when is it(…)

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