Another area where Lambert's men have struggled this season is on the wings—especially when operating with a 4-3-3 formation. As well as Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann can play when out wide, their natural, and preferred, position is as an out-and-out striker, and it shows.
The two have accepted the challenge given to them by Lambert to give opposition full-backs a torrid time and attempt to provide Benteke with the service he requires to put the ball in the back of the net—even if it does seem like he has forgotten how to do just that.
But Villa could do with signing a player whose sole purpose is to do exactly what Agbonlahor and Weimann have been asked. Ibrahima Traore is that man.
The Stuttgart winger admitted that he had the chance to join a Premier League team last year, but decided that he was to remain in Germany—for the time being—to further his career, reported the BBC.
With his contract up in the summer, the 25-year-old could now be looking to decide where his future lies with no apparent contract talks forthcoming at Stuttgart.
The Guinea international has played in all but one of the Bundesliga outfit's 16 fixtures this term and has created 19 clear goalscoring opportunities for his teammates, as well as chipping in with a couple of goals.
Traore's desire to take on the opposition every time he collects the ball, whilst having the presence of mind to release it when a pass is the better option, is something Villa have been crying out for.
If Traore is to leave Stuttgart in January, then there are sure to be a number of clubs vying for his signature, but if Villa could secure his services then it would be an astute bit of business.