Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey has urged his fellow forwards to hit the goal trail in an effort to take some of the pressure off Darren Bent.

The England international striker has missed matches against Bulgaria and Wales after being called-up to Fabio Capello's current squad with a groin injury, and is now a doubt for the weekend clash against Everton.

Should the prolific former Sunderland striker miss out, the onus will be on other players in the squad to step-up, and Heskey believes it's down to himself, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Charles N'Zogbia to add the cutting edge.

"Obviously Benty is always going to get goals. He's been absolutely brilliant since he's joined us. I definitely feel he can be a 20-goal a season man for us. He's showed that finishing class over the years for every club he's played for," Heskey told the official Aston Villa website.


"He's been playing in the top-flight for many years and he always shows his class and quality in front of goal. But everyone has to chip in as well.

"Gabby is capable of scoring a few as he showed against Blackburn and in his previous goal tallies and so am I.

"And the goals of Charles at Wigan almost single-handedly helped them stay up last season. He will be a great acquisition for us and he's another one who can score goals for us."

Another young striker at the club, Nathan Delfouneso, gave a reminder of his ability to manager Alex McLeish whilst away on international duty last night.

'Del Boy' was a second half substitute for the England U21s and duly scored from the penalty spot in a 4-1 win over Israel.

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