This summer Tottenham Hotspur were heavily linked with a move for Belgium star Christian Benteke.
In the end Aston Villa kept their prize possession as Spurs were pushed away by the asking price - but will Tottenham regret their decision?
Spurs decided to invest in Valencia's Roberto Soldado instead, paying a similar price to what was demanded for Benteke.
Soldado had been a real hit in the Liga BBVA and had scored an array of goals. The 28 year old scored 59 goals in 101 appearances for the Spanish club averaging more than a goal every other game. However since he arrived in the Premier League he has not been able to emulate his goal scoring record.
Soldado has scored two goals for Spurs and both were from the spot. His lack of goals has been a downfall for a Spurs side who in nearly every other area of the field has been in fine form.
Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Danny Rose, Hugo Lloris and Paulinho have been star performers. Another player in excellent form has been Jermain Defoe. In cup competitions for Spurs, Defoe has scored 5 goals - yet his only Premier League start this season was against West Ham, where Tottenham lost 3-0 and Defoe played poorly.
Many would question Andre Villas Boas playing Defoe against such a physical side, but Defoe nevertheless deserved his chance.
So what about Benteke?
Benteke has scored five this season, before he picked up an injury against Norwich. However he is back and is eligible to play against Spurs on Sunday and could return to haunt them.
Tottenham struggled to stop West Ham on the counter attack and Ravel Morrison was a real handful for the north London club so how will Tottenham fare against a counter attacking Aston Villa?
Aston Villa's pace on the counter should disturb the Spurs defence and cause them problems. The presumed trio being Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke.
The three are the base of Aston Villa's tactics, meaning Tottenham's defence will have to be tight and they will have to make sure they do not commit too many men forward for set plays.
Benteke's return to the Villa team will certainly motivate the Villa boys and could make Tottenham more vulnerable, with the thought of Benteke scoring in the back of their heads Spurs will mark him as best they can.
Tottenham have already defeated Aston Villa at Villa Park this season, however both teams were debiliated due to fixture congestion. Spurs beat them 4-0 in the Capital One Cup.
So will the Villa team upset another big club this season or will Spurs embarrass Villa again?
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