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Benteke 'Wowed' By Fans Support

Christian Benteke was delighted and humbled when he was told that 70% of shirts sold in the Villa Stores had 'Benteke 20' on the back of them.

When asked the question for an interview on the Official Site Benteke's eyes lit up, he checked he had understood correctly, took a deep breath and responded thusly:

'Wow! I didn't know that, that is incredible. I am really, really proud of that! It means a lot to know I have made a good impression with the fans.'

Benteke then explains that he feels like he has a good relationship with the fans, and he was delighted with how quickly we made him feel at home after his move.

When told the matchday text commentary was riddled with the phrase 'Unbelievable Bentekkers' he admitted he was slightly lost for words:

'I am lost for words, it's nice to know that sort of thing. It's motivating having thousands watching you and cheering you on at the game, but it's even more of a push to know fans online, following from all corners of the world, are willing you to do well. I will remember that!'

Okay it's a total fluff piece, but it would've been strange for Benteke, especially at his age, moving countries, let alone clubs, so it's nice to know that it means something to him with how fans have reacted.

Over the years we've had enough players who couldn't care less, and interviews have been generally scripted for them to say all the right things without much sincerity, but certain comments in this interview seem very sincere and long may it continue!

Christian Benteke Forum Thread.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 7 2012

Time: 5:00PM

Your Comments

Im a big fan of Big Bentekkers, he islike our new younger Carew but lasts for 90 minutes lol I really believe he can take us onto the next level over the next few years withsome help from creative midfielder added in January onwards just to help create him more chances, but yeah he is a good lad and its nice to read he is enjoying us as we him!!!
CLIVETHEVILLAN
Do the business tekkers and stick with us and you'll never be forgotten..... See, some footballers are human after all.....
Pride of Lions
He is good - but if we sell DB and CB gets injured we're *****ed unless we buy in another good forward with scoring credentials in January, which will cost, so we could end up selling Bent to cash in all of 5-6m. Which is why I think its a risk to sell Bent this season - we could sell him next summer still for reasonable money if he did well for the rest of this season, which he NEEDS to do for his WC ambitions. So perhaps this sell decision is not nailed on yet...maybe depends on how many points we have two months or so down the road.
malacaxeta
Different class to our other forwards and worth 3 times what we paid for him. He's going to keep getting better (before he moves on :-( )
Villan444
Mala, when is Bencht going to get the chance??? He's disproved himself enough times under this regime and hasn't been up to his normal standard since his injury!!!!!
Villan444
Personally think we should all be buying 'Petrov 19' shirts. I like the look of Benteke, but not going to get carried away by a guy who has scored just 2 league goals and who missed easy chances against Spuds and Fulham that should have seen us 4 points better off and in the top half of the table. At the moment though he is equal top scorer in the League with Bent, but has had the benefit of being fully fit and starting more games. I think the talk of Bent leaving is madness. For years we have wanted a goal scorer, now we have one we may lose him!!! I can't think of any other mid to lower table club that can afford to be thinking of letting a proven 20 goal a season striker leave, especially one that has 3 or 4 more good years in him. The problem isn't Bent, it is a management failure to get the best out of a truly wondeful asset. Benteke has shown that give him the chances he occasionally gets a goal. Bent has proven that give him the chances and he will score bucket loads.
voiceoftheholte
Cos Darren Bent has never missed a chance has he.........
cb_82
I hate to agree with Voth because it will only go to his head but he's spot on this time.
OnMeHeadFred
cb_82 you miss the point. All great strikers miss chances. Bent misses chances, Rooney misses chances (and penalties), Messi misses chances (and penalties), but Bent is proven at club and international level of consistently hitting the back of the net. He is the only player in our club with this PROVEN ability. played to his strengths he will score over 20 goals as season. At our current strike rate of 8 goals in 10 games as a team we will not score 30 goals this season. How foolish does that look when you have an asset that could get you 20 on his own???
voiceoftheholte
Common sense from the VOTH.
koolbill
looking a decent buy, time will tell if he fully blossoms as Voice says, but he has got in the right positions to miss them, if that makes sense, so if he fully gets up to speed, who knows?! Only 21 as well. Cautiously optimistic I think.
The Fear
It's important we stick with this kid and don't get impatient if/when he misses a few. I remember back to the days of He Who Walks On Water asking for patience with Savo Milosevic when he bought him as a 21 year-old. Unfortunately he never really fulfilled his potential at VP and us fans were not patient enough with him at times (the inexcusable spitting incident was the final straw). If we can show a tad more patience with big Christian I think he'll become a legend and (unfortunately) garner us a massive profit in 3-4 years time (if we can keep him that long!)....
gmvillan
think yourselves lucky it's Benteke and not Heskey up front....
MASON_PARKER
Oh cmon lads give in to the world of over optimisum he is class, and ya know it ;)
CLIVETHEVILLAN
Listen to the Voth - two goals is no basis to reach any conclusion, except that he's doing okay.
OnMeHeadFred
I agree with all the points raised. I believe Benteke has the potential to be brilliant. Like others I hope the fickle boo boys do not get to him when he has (because as a young lad he will) a poor run when nothing sticks to him and nothing goes in. I am realistic enought to know if he fulfils his potential we will sell him for big money. However I am also optimistic that if he is successful, then so will be the Villa and we may get a chance to build around good players rather than just look to make a profit.
voiceoftheholte
I have high hopes for CB, but am another in total agreement with VOTH viz Bent. Madness, I tell ya, madness!
BeoVilla
As per usual, voiceoftheholte speaks a lot of sense, and I find myself in total agreement with his observations. Certainly I believe his comments regarding Darren Bent are absolutely spot on. As for Christian Benteke, am I alone in thinking that he has many similarities to the young Keith Leonard, when he first arrived at Brummagem B6? I normally dont like to compare modern day Villans with heroes from the past, but in this instance I believe that there is much that is common to both individuals. Good Luck to Benteke, he shows much promise, but having said that, selling Darren Bent would be madness of the highest order.
glensider
I doff my cap to you as always Glensider. You make sense when you say 'that as per usual, voth speaks a lot of sense' haha. It is important to look at our front 4 before making rash judgements. We have a proven 20 goals a season forward (Bent). We have a proven fast bloke who occasionally scores, but whose pace can influence the way a team has to defend against us (Gabi). We have two young lads from abroad who both have the potential and at the moment it is only potential, to be good players and possibly good goal scorers (CD & AW). We are hardly scoring from midfield or defence. Can you see where I am going with this? At the moment we are goal shy. We have bloke in the ranks who knows where the net is better than almost every English player on the planet. He is so good he scores simple goals and makes it look easy. If it was so easy then why is no one else doing it? Whatever PL does, he either has to show that the players we have can start hitting the net several times a game or he HAS to learn away to use DB9. Unfortunately PL is a bit like the previous manager and M'ON in that they prefer to play with a target man. DB9 isn't a target man. If you hit long balls at him, expect him to win headers on the half way line etc then you are wasting his natural talents. DB9 likes the ball short and to feet. He then has the ability to lay it off to midfield or wide men and then he just goes and hides in the box. He must be hiding because you never know where he is until he then appears on the end of a move by sticking the ball in the net. And as a final point I can see the likeness of Keith Leonard and Benteke GS, but I think Benteke has more pace and power, but a similar style in how he fits into the team ethos.
voiceoftheholte
Benteke let's have another one against UTD this weekend son!! Beat em up champ. UTV
AdzVilla11
Cant disagree with most of what Voice says either Glensider but Bentke strikes me more as a Tony Hateley sort. He used to put himself about but miss the occasional sitter as well,but very early days. For me Bent is an excellent striker providing we play to his strengths and for that we need a clever and creative midfielder to give him the chances.
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