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Tottenham should return for Aston Villa star forward

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On 8 July 2013, Benteke alerted the interest of some of the Premier League's biggest clubs when he handed in a transfer request.

The Belgium international had had a superb first season in England, scoring 23 goals in 39 games for Aston Villa who without him, could easily have been relegated. It was therefore understandable that Benteke would start dreaming about the possibility of Champions League football. 

Tottenham were favourites to land the 23-year-old striker, who despite missing out on the top four, were showing clear ambition to achieve that aim in the coming seasons. At this point a deal looked close, a £25million offer was reportedly made and it looked a matter of days before Benteke moved to White Hart Lane.

This intense speculation ended eleven days later, when the transfer request was withdrawn and the 6 foot 3 inch striker signed a new four year contract at Villa Park. The saga was over and Benteke started the season strongly, scoring seven goals in five pre-season games before scoring four goals in five appearances at the start of the 2013/14 season. 

Until last night he hadn't scored since then.

Poor form and injuries meant the Belgium striker had gone nearly four months without a goal and the forward looks like he has fallen into the "second season syndrome" category - a group of players who light up their respective leagues in their first season at a new club before rapidly fading into mediocrity.

All is not yet lost for Benteke though. Everyone has seen what an excellent player he is, and is well suited to the Premier League with good strength and finishing ability. He is still young, only 23, and is certainly not yet the finished product.

This young man is certainly worth a gamble if, and it is a big if, Villa decide to offload him. His value will have undoubtedly decreased slightly and it has to be said he would be worth every penny of the £15-£20million it would cost to prise him away from the Villains. 

The main point to note is, should he go to Spurs, where he would most likely play up front with the misfiring Roberto Soldado in a 4-4-2 formation, he would receive service of the kind he has not had before.

With Erik Lamela, Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Christian Eriksen all potentially feeding the big man, he will almost certainly rediscover his scoring touch. Spurs arguably need a striker, with Jermain Defoe leaving, Soldado out of form and Adebayor unpredictable, it remains to be seen if Tim Sherwood will splash the cash or just use an academy player for cover.

If Spurs do feel the need to buy a striker, they should look no further than Christian Benteke.

The Belgium powerhouse was exceptional last season, and as Villa manager Paul Lambert believes, is close to rediscovering the goalscoring touch that earned him the many accolades that he received, and deserved to receive in the previous campaign. 

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