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Nicklas Helenius hopes to emulate Benteke

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New boy Nicklas Helenius has expressed his determination to be a hit at Villa Park.

The Danish striker aims to emulate Villa hero of last season Christian Benteke, in bagging a hatful of goals in his debut season with the club. 

Helenius told the club's official website: "He was a new player last year and nobody had heard his name before but he came over and he must have done something right to get the success he had. That is something you can watch to try to learn from."

"He is one that you look at and try to do the same as he did, so I am very happy that Christian is staying."

The six-foot-five youngster, who notched two headed goals before a back injury halted his participation, has confirmed he would love to have the now happy Benteke as his strike partner next season, but he understands the current crop of strikers at the club will all be chasing the empty slot.

"But we have some other good strikers - Gabby (Agbonlahor), Andi (Weimann) and Jordan (Brewery) too.

"You will always be better when you have to fight for your place in the starting XI. That is good."

Villa have four friendlies remaining for Helenius to stake his claim, starting with tonight's trip to Crewe if his injury has subsided, before the pre-season campaign ends on August 10 as the Villans host Malaga at Villa Park.

They start their Premier League campaign with a tough trip to Arsenal and Helenius will be doing his best to secure his place in the squad on the opening day.

 

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