Following the news that Robert Lewandowski has signed a pre-contract agreement with German giants Bayern Munich, his current club- Borussia Dortmund- are left with an almighty pair of shoes to fill.
The Polish hitman has scored 11 goals in 16 Bundesliga appearances this term and racked up a total of 36 goals last season.
His importance to Die Borussen is obvious. He scores regularly in all competitions. He is a clinical finisher who can score from almost any situation, but he also has an eye for a pass. His ability to pick out through balls has seen him notch six assists for Dortmund this season.
The Pole is still contracted to Dortmund until June and has promised to give his all until he leaves. But when he does depart, the Borussia Dortmund attack is left with an enormous hole to fill, but there is one man big enough to take his place.
Christian Benteke has not been on top form this season for Aston Villa.
The Belgian striker has only managed to net four times in the Premier League, compared to his 23 goals in all competitions last term, which is no where near the Lewandowski standard.
However, Lewandowski suffered a run of poor form in his early days at Borussia Dortmund - following his good form at Lech Poznan. Although this was Lewandowski's first season in the Bundesliga (and it is Benteke's second in the Premier League), it shows he too has struggled with form. Therefore, Benteke should not be judged on this season alone.
Benteke is only 23-years-old and still has a lot of time to grow. His performances last season had even the best teams both terrified of him and desperate to sign him. He scored important goals in his first season with Aston Villa, from range, with his head, and from the penalty spot.
He was in high demand last January, with lots of speculation about which top European club would land him, but he chose to stay at Villa. His poor form this season may mean he goes for a lower price than the £25 million asked for him last season.
On his day, his finishing is up there with the best and under Dortmund's head coach, Jurgen Klopp, he could remain one of the best for years to come.
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