Bacuna eyes penalty duties

Aston Villa free-kick hero Leandro Bacuna has an eye on taking over penalty duties from Christian Benteke, but insists he will not fight him for the honour.

Last Updated: 11/11/13 at 11:26 Post Comment

Leandro Bacuna: Watches 'a lot of football on TV' with Christian Benteke

Leandro Bacuna: Watches 'a lot of football on TV' with Christian Benteke

The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder signed for the Midlands club from FC Groningen in the summer and has already made an impact from dead-ball situations.

He curled in a brilliant free-kick during Villa's 3-2 victory against Manchester City in September and he was at it again in the weekend win over Cardiff City.

But Bacuna says he will not argue with Benteke over who will take the next spot-kick, despite the Belgium international missing from 12 yards in the home defeat to Everton a fortnight ago.

Bacuna said: "The gaffer makes the decisions and Christian's been taking the penalties. I won't go there and start a fight!

"Christian lives next door to me. We hook up a lot and he's a good guy. Sometimes we chill out together, we watch a lot of football on TV.

"I was taking penalties in Holland but I only just came to Aston Villa, Benteke takes the penalties here. I'm not going to be like saying: 'I'm taking the penalties'.

"But I didn't miss any in Holland and if I was asked I would take them here. If you take a penalty well then the ball is faster than the keeper."

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