November 23, 2017

TACTICS COLUMN: Christian Benteke and Aston Villa

Benteke
Christian Benteke fires 4 goals in less than a week to earn Aston Villa a respectable tally in their relegation battle. I’ll explain how the big brute has been transformed from flop of the season two 4 goals in two games in 5 simple steps.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Christian Benteke evokes memories of Mark Morrison’s greatest hit, return of the Mack, with how he has hit back in recent weeks. He was seriously underperforming before he bagged a brace against Sunderland, a hat trick against Queens Park Rangers and finally a winning goal against Tottenham hotspurs to make it a whopping 6 goals in 5 games for the Belgian. Let’s give you an insight on how.
The lightning we call Gabriel Agbonlahor
The stocky English forward has been a good partner to Benteke as his speed and trickery complements Benteke’s raw physical game.
That chap called Tom Cleverly
Manchester United loanee Tom Cleverly has added a lot of quality to the Villa midfield being solid in tackling as well as picking out Benteke accurately with some good through passes.
Injury which acted as blessing in disguise
Benteke was remarkably inconsistent before his injuries but ever since he came back he looked more like the old Benteke who every team in Europe wanted.
Relegation battle
The fact that Villa are struggling to stay up warranted a hero among the players to guide the club to prosperity. Well as they say cometh the hour cometh the man and Benteke has taken it upon himself to ensure Villa maintain top flight status.
New Coach, New tidings
When Paul Lambert was sacked, Tim Sherwood was appointed .With him came new tactics and encouragement of a more attacking mindset which enables his players to create chances. Guess who likes chances? I’ll give you a hint ,he recently scored 4 goals in 180 minutes of soccer.

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