Far be it from me to be touting teams’ best players around the league like a mercenary agent. But the Guardian has speculated, by proxy, that one of the success stories of the season, Christian Benteke, could be leaving for Borussia Dortmund this summer.
Most footy speculation of course borders on the absurd, but we find this one particularly hard to swallow. With goal scorers as hard as ever to find, it seems crazy that The Premier League would allow such a tried and tested talent to take off.
Chelsea of course already have Romelu Lukaku to come back from West Brom, but you sense that they want another forward to add to their almost ridiculous array of midfield maestros. The service is there but Chelsea need a finisher.
And who better than Benteke? A no nonsense monster of a player who reminds us so much, in terms of playing style, of the legend that was Didier Drogba. Like the Ivorian there is so much more to Benteke’s game than the obvious and ample power. The Villa striker can of course hold his own against the toughest of opponents but, like Drogba, he also has fantastic feet and superb awareness of the game.
It’s quite early on in his career but, if this season has been anything to go by (19 league goals in 34 games for a struggling Villa) then his future should glitter.
With his club staying up, Paul Lambert will be desperate to keep the striker and we wish him the best of luck. It will be particularly hard to retain the services of such a quality player but, if they do have to part with him, they can look forward to a fat old cheque at the end of it.
Chelsea need a striker moving forward and Benteke seems to tick all the boxes. At 22, and with Premier League experience under his belt, he may well represent a lower risk purchase than some of the other names being touted for Chelsea this summer.
Villa fans, would you be happy to let Benteke go for £30m?
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