Christian Benteke has handed his transfer request to Aston Villa  saying he wants to leave the club.

But at this time last year on transfer deadline day the almost unheard of player was snapped up by Aston Villa from Genk for £7 million.

He became the key man for Aston Villa's survival in the Premier League and that begs the question: will there be another "Christian Benteke" next season?

Here we take a look at some new, youthful Premier League stars that could score a similar total of goals. 

Andreas Cornelius (Cardiff City)

Premier League new-boys Cardiff have taken some necessary steps to help ensure their Premier League status; signing Cornelius being the first.

The youthful striker is very similar to Benteke in stature, but could he be similar to him in the goals he scores?

Cornelius boasts a similar build to that of Benteke as he is very tall standing at six foot three inches and he is also clinical in front of goal.

Last season for FC Copenhagen he netted 18 goals in 29 starts. Those were fairly impressive statistics in the Danish Superliga, but like Benteke, he seems ready to make the jump.

He is imposing physically and boasts rushes of acceleration. He will be expected to score a lot of goals, and with players like Craig Bellamy and Kim Bo-Kyung producing chances for him he should be able to net more than a few in his debut season.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich)

The tricky 24 year-old will hope he could help turn what was a rather lacklustre Norwich front-line last season into a deadly one.

Having scored 14 goals in 30 appearances last season, he should be coming into his prime. Having broken the club record £8.5 million fee, Norwich hope he will look to be worth every penny coming into the new campaign.

With Grant Holt now a Wigan player, van Wolfswinkel will have no problem making it into the team and giving the side a creative forward as well as one that can finish.

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland)

Another signing for Sunderland and Di Canio, Altidore joined The Black Cats for a modest £6 million fee and the American will be looking to make the right impression.

Scoring the most so far on this list and arguably in the toughest league, Jozy Altidore netted an incredible 23 goals in 33 appearances for AZ Alkmaar.

A physical forward who will pester defenders non-stop throughout any game, he will look forward to the service he could get from out wide and through the middle. He could be the best bet to replicate the goal-scoring traits of Christian Benteke and will be looking to push Sunderland as high up the table as he can.

Wilfried Bony (Swansea)

The most expensive forward on this list also boasts the most impressive scoring record. Bony joined Swansea for a reported £12 million fee, and having scored 31 goals in 30 appearances for Vitesse Arnhem you can see why.

The service he will get at Swansea will also mean the forward will get chances. Maybe a Europa League spot is on the cards for Swansea next year with Michu and Bony leading the line for the Swans.

This list boasts many exceptional forwards who could adapt to Premier League life and replicate the goal scoring feats of Christian Benteke. The question is who? It could be the youthful and hungry Cornelius or the established Bony and Altidore, or maybe van Wolfswinkel will prove to be the difference. Either way, it will be interesting to see all of these forwards play in the Premier League next season.


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