Christian Benteke struggled to sustain the form that boasted a goal every other game last season when Paul Lambert was trying to adapt to a much more difficult second campaign as Aston Villa manager.
Benteke was faltering just as Villa's morale was low, as a direct result so too was the Belgian's goal tally. However under Tim Sherwood the player has seen a revival of fortunes in front of goal, with no player in the league scoring more goals during his new manager's tenure.
Sherwood's motivational skills have inspired the side and have brought back the rumours that the Belgian hitman will be making a big money move in the summer. Benteke has 13 goals in 25 games this season and has been for a while the subject of mass speculation around a move to a top four side.
Few are willing to put a price tag on the services of the ex-Genk player, who has bagged 42 times for the Midlands side all told, but ex-manager Paul Lambert admits the player is worth a lot more than what his £30 million price tag suggests.
In the Birmingham Mail Lambert was quoted as having said: "I think you could get a bit more than that [£30m]."
Believing the player he brought to the Premier League has a lot more potential than what his hefty price tag already assumes, Lambert let slip that clubs had come in for the hit man before, and the asking price was always too low.
"Christian could've probably moved every year since he’s been at Aston Villa – some massive clubs have come in for him – and I kept on saying no because the fees just weren't good enough."
Lambert signed Benteke in 2012 for £7 million from Genk and the 24-year-old repaid that faith by scoring 19 goals in his first season.
Sherwood has had the side playing attractive football and subsequently saved Villa's season from relegation. Throw in an FA Cup final for good measure and many are praising the likes of Benteke for the return of good form, with the Belgian powerhouse scoring some vital goals along the way.
Benteke and Villa fans have an exciting end of the season to look forward to. With their Premier League position confirmed as safe at the weekend and a cup final to focus on Benteke will be looking to carry his red hot league form into the cup and hopefully add to his increasingly expensive price tag.
Villa fans, just how important is Benteke to you? Let us know your thoughts on the striker in the comments box below.
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