Another week and still no goal form Aston Villa target man Christian Benteke. The big Belgian last scored for the Villa on the 14th of September against Newcastle, a game which they subsequently lost 2-1. This is disappointing to say the least, especially following his superb first season in the Premier League, scoring 23 goals in all competitions. This season however, he looks to be a different man with poor first touches, the squandering of chances and a frankly poor work rate.
He isn’t playing like a man trying to attract big clubs such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham into making bids nor is he impressing Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots only months before a World Cup. His fellow countrymen Romelu Lukaku on the other hand is flying this season with 8 goals and 4 assists in the league in just 14 appearances.
Benteke single-handedly kept Aston Villa afloat last season, but despite his run of 18 games without a goal, they find themselves joint 10th in the table with Hull City and the top half of the table: very different to the team we saw last season who were in the relegation zone for the majority of the campaign.
He is no longer a one-man team with many of Villa’s youngsters starting to find their feet in the top-flight of English football, notably so Fabian Delph and Marc Albrighton.
Despite his underwhelming first half of the season he could still get his big money move by the summer: Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all struggling with their current forwards and would probably be willing to take a slight risk based on his current form. With Villa playing at home to Arsenal on the 13th, will we see the Benteke of old popping goals in for fun or will we see yet another star fall victim to the curse of the second season?