Paul Lambert believes Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has proved to be an "absolute steal" and is now worth more than the £8million paid for the Belgian international.

Villa signed Benteke from Genk on the final day of the summer transfer window and the 22-year-old has more than justified the faith shown in him by Lambert. He has netted eight times and the Barclays Premier League's record goalscorer, Alan Shearer, claimed his performance at Liverpool last weekend was the best he had seen by a centre-forward this season.

Now Benteke will be looking to continue that form in Sunday's clash at Chelsea as Villa strive to extend their unbeaten league run to six games. Lambert said: "I think Christian, since he came here, has been excellent. He was probably unheard of and nobody really knew too much about him."

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