Christian Benteke scored Aston Villa's only goal as they went down 4-1 to Stoke City at Villa Park on Sunday and dropped below their opponents to 11th in the Premier League.
The Belgian put Villa ahead in the fifth minute, giving Paul Lambert's side their ideal start and continuing his terrific scoring record at home, as OptaJoe highlighted:
And Jim Proudfoot noted that it brought him to double figures for the season:
Assisted by Fabian Delph, Benteke received the ball on the penalty spot and rifled a left-footed shot into the roof of the net, impressing Rob Jones:
Dezil Dez was equally impressed and hinted that some high-profile managers might want to take a look:
Squawka noted that the 23-year-old has a remarkably similar record to that of last season:
It also highlighted his physical dominance in the air:
Despite the bright start, Villa were soon pegged back by goals from Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch and Steven N'Zonzi before half-time.
Just after the break, Benteke went down in the box and was furious that Mark Clattenburg did not give a penalty, per ByTheMinAstonVilla:
Some, including Rob and Football Accumulator, felt that he should perhaps have been booked for both diving and for dissent and thus sent for an early bath:
However, he stayed on the pitch but could not do anything to prevent a heavy loss for Villa, especially when Geoff Cameron made it four for the visitors on 90 minutes.
Indeed, the likes of Mr. Joe felt that he went missing in the second half when Villa were trailing:
Despite the loss, Benteke did get on the score sheet and showed that he has the quality in front of goal that might have other clubs looking to secure his signature over the summer.
And Emmanuel Sexton was comparing him to some of the best in Europe:
Villa will desperately want to keep him at the club, as his goals have been key in taking them to nine points clear of the relegation zone.
However, they may receive some big offers, and if Benteke can perform well in a strong Belgian team at the World Cup, it may be worth their while to cash in on their prize asset.
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