Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Southampton

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Selhurst Park

Last Game

C Palace 1 - 0 A Villa

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 15:07

Barclays Prem

Benteke delights Villa boss

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has lavished praise on striker Christian Benteke.

Last Updated: 12/03/13 at 16:22 Post Comment   

Christian Benteke: On target to score 20 goals this season

Christian Benteke: On target to score 20 goals this season

The Belgium international is attempting to become the first Villa striker since Juan Pablo Angel in 2003/04 to score 20 goals in a season.

Bentecke, an £8m summer signing from Genk, already has 16 goals to his name and Lambert has been impressed by him.

"If he gets 20 goals, then he's doing something good for us," said the Scotsman.

"The big guy, over the course of the whole season, has been excellent for someone just 22 years of age.

"I don't need to say much to Christian. He is a young guy still learning but his performances have been exceptional.

"He has been massive to us and also scores goals for a very talented Belgium side.

"For his age, he has played so many big games already, internationals, and it looks like Belgium will qualify for the World Cup.

"The lad knows big-time football but whatever you can do to help him, then you will speak to him."

Meanwhile, Lambert has revealed Darren Bent is still battling his way back to fitness from an ankle problem.

"Darren is doing all right but is not quite ready. He is doing a bit of running which is better than he has been for the last few weeks," he added.

"We will see how he is this week with his rehab."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Luis Suarez urges Liverpool fans to be calm during title run-in

Luis Suarez has told Liverpool fans to stay calm as the club attempts to win its first top-flight title in 24 years.

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team can handle pressure

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team are able to handle the pressure as they chase fourth spot and an FA Cup win.

Transfer news: Swansea's Ben Davies flattered by transfer talk

Swansea City star Ben Davies admits he is flattered at being linked with the likes of Atletico Madrid.

Mail Box

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property