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Christian Benteke the way forward for Spurs

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The news that Christian Benteke has submitted a transfer request at Aston Villa has come as no surprise as he looks for a pathway into European football. 

The 22-year-old striker was nothing short of a revelation for Villa last season notching 19 goals in the Premier League as they secured their Premier League status for another season.

His overall haul of 23 goals in 39 appearances for Paul Lambert's side has made him hot property in the transfer window, with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea all interested in the hitman.

Benteke - a £7 million signing from Genk a year ago - is a regular at international level with six goals to his credit in 14 appearances for the impressive Belgian national team. 

He is their leading marksman and would like to cement his place for the World Cup by playing at the top level. 

Benteke earns a reported £20,000-a-week salary at Villa Park and it is believed that his potential suitors are ready to triple his wages. He has a history of forcing a move to his prefered destination like he did last summer at Genk. Hence, he is expected to be part of a new club in 2013/14 season.

Benteke has ruled out a move to Chelsea as he believes he will not get regular first-team action there. It seems he would prefer a move to White Hart Lane which will increase his chances of appearing at the World Cup regularly.

So is Benteke a suitable player for Spurs' style of play? Tottenham played a 4-2-3-1 formation for the majority of last season. 

However the inconsistency of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor has opened the gates for a new striker and Benteke, with his physical presence, can be a good addition to their striking options.

His performances as a targetman have been impressive, even though he isn't adept at holding the ball like his compatriots. 

Benteke's abilities to do lay-offs and flick-ons will increase the threat of Gareth Bale and the plethora of attacking midfielders at Tottenham's disposal. 

His eye for key passes' and through balls despite being a striker, also goes down well with the Spurs style of play. With his physical presence, he will be a handy addition in both the penalty boxes and in set piece situations.

Benteke will also get good service at Tottenham and he can provide the solution for the clubs search for a 20-goal striker. Despite his height and physical style of play, he is a natural finisher - something much-needed to the Spurs armoury.

He has also found himself playing in the 4-3-3 formation for his national side, so even if Andre Villas-Boas opts for a switch in formation to accommodate Paulinho, Benteke might find himself at home. 

The Belgian can solve the persisting problems upfront for the Lilywhites and his previous experience in the Premier League makes him an attractive option.

He doesn't require a lot of adapting if a move to North London happens, and with the Belgian's Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele in the set-up, Benteke might find himself at home.

It is clear the Villa striker is looking for a bigger club to match his ambitions while Tottenham are looking for a 20-goal striker. The club and the player can be a perfect match for each other if the price is right. The Lilywhites will be hoping that he will be the one leading the line for them at the start of the new season.

 

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