Would Christian Benteke Be a Good Buy for Tottenham?
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The Belgian has plundered 14 Premier League goals during an impressive debut campaign in England, and Villa's relegation scrap would have been much worse had it not been for their summer recruit.
Although Benteke's strikes have been pivotal to the Villains' cause, the club will now have to fend off the inevitable interest he will command postseason.
The £7 million Villa paid Genk for his services last August has been one of the most astute purchases in recent seasons, but even if they avoid the drop to the Championship, it seems unlikely the 22-year-old will be strutting his stuff in claret and blue come the start of the next campaign.
After making such an impression, Benteke will not be short of suitors, and with Randy Lerner tightening the Villa purse strings, it's easy to imagine the Kinshasa-born player following the likes of James Milner, Ashley Young and Gareth Barry out of the door.
Aside from his goals, Benteke has also been one of the most effective front men in the league this season, with his pace, mobility, physicality and penalty-box presence causing chaos even in a struggling side.
He has already proved his class on the international scene by scoring four times in his last nine appearances for Marc Wilmots' talented Belgian side, and few observers would deny that Benteke could do a job for most of Europe's top sides.
Would you want Benteke at Tottenham?
You can certainly echo those sentiments towards Spurs, who are in the shake-up for a Champions League finish despite limited output from their own forwards.
Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe have registered just a dozen league goals between them this season, and certainly Andre Villas-Boas will be looking to strengthen his striking stocks over the summer.
On the face of it, Benteke would appear to be a relevant target. He has adapted and proved himself in English football, he's young, would be relatively cheap and is able to play up-front alone or as part of a two.
With AVB likely to persist with a variation of 4-2-3-1, he will require somebody with the presence to occupy a back four alone, and few immediate alternatives spring to mind.
From what I've seen of him, Benteke would be perfect for Spurs as he leads the line well, links up with others and poses his own persistent threat.
With Spurs playing with plenty of width, his height and aerial ability could capitalise on the stream of crosses that will come his way, and his strength and persistence in holding up the ball would be ideal for Gareth Bale to feed off.
Daniel Levy isn't particularly frivolous with his cash and may have to add a couple of quid on if there's an auction for Benteke's services, but in my opinion he's the perfect fit for this team, and one Spurs should make a transfer priority.
What do you lot think? Would Benteke be a good purchase for Spurs and would he fit in well in the current side?
If not, who are the alternatives and why?
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