When Aston Villa completed the signing of Christian Benteke from Belgium side Genk for a fee of around £7 million, nobody quite realised how good the striker would be.

After scoring on his Villa debut in a 2-0 home win against Swansea, the Belgium international netted a further 22 goals in all competitions including a hat-trick against Sunderland in a 6-1 home win and a double at Anfield against Liverpool which saw Villa run out 3-1 winners.

His Aston Villa career looked short lived in the summer as the 23 year old put in a transfer request, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all interested in the striker. However, some clever persuading from manager Paul Lambert saw Benteke change his mind and commit his future to the club by signing a new contract lasting until 2017.

He then started this season off in magnificent form by netting a double against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in a surprise 3-1 win on the opening day of the season.

He then followed this impressive man of the match display by scoring goals against Chelsea and Newcastle in the league and against Rotherham in the Capital one cup.

Despite this good early season form, Benteke's season has since been wrecked by injuries and poor form, resulting in big criticism from the press.

With only 15 Aston Villa appearances this season and having just been ruled out for his clubs Christmas fixtures, many may believe Christian Benteke is having a dreadful season.

But what you must not forget is that Benteke was one of the best strikers in Europe last season and as soon as he returns to full fitness and starts banging in the goals again, he will be truly back to his best and clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham will all come sniffing for his signature.

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