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Has He Bentekin' Us All For Fools?

With all the buzz about the new lads coming in I thought it would be apt to reflect about the recent comedy movie There`s Something About Benteke, starring Christian Benteke, Paul Lambert, Arsenal, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Sky Sports News, several newspapers, Eric Kismet and Cameron Diaz.

It`s fair to say Benteke has been an absolute revelation since his arrival, giving every Villa fan hope that we might finally have a striker that will manage to score 20+ goals for us in a league season. Now, nearly one year later, it seems that he`s fulfilled his dream of being a success in the Premier League and establishing himself as a top striker. But has he? Is he really the saviour that we need, and want? Should we sell him if he wants to go or get as many goals out of him as possible til it`s impossible to hold onto him? A critical factor in this question may or may not lie in the next paragraph...

When he arrived, Benteke never once mentioned how much he wants to play for Aston Villa. This statement is for those who believe he owes us some kind of loyalty for the faith we`ve shown in him, bringing him to the Premier League, taking to him the way we have because of his awesomeness, blah blah. An old article from the Birmingham Mail dated 31 August 2012 states that CB was "looking forward to getting my career started in the Premier League." He also went on to say that Villa Park was a great stadium and that we are "an historic club". However, the bulk of his comments emphasised the fact that so many of his Belgian compatriots were playing in the Premier League and that he wanted to join them. He never lied to anyone, he never made any secret of his desire to play in the Premier League and he never paid tribute to the club any more than acknowledging the history and the stadium. Fair enough, surely?

Fast forward to the present day and after a fantastic season, comments from his agent, the press, Sky Sports News and anyone else with a pen say that Benteke "might not necessarily accept it" if he was told to stay. Now, short of dressing up as a sheikh and going undercover at Chez Benteke to get it from the horse`s mouth, we probably won`t find out exactly what was said. However, there`s surely no smoke without fire. Compare Benteke`s comments with those of our new arrivals, who all say they are excited to get started with Aston Villa and believe in the manager`s vision. Refreshing comments that, as fans, we will never get tired of reading or hearing about. Who would you rather keep?

This is a tough argument to balance. On one hand, there is the belief that Benteke should stay with us, help us push on with the revolution and see if we can actually win something in the next few years. On the other, he`s proved that he can score goals in the Premier League and might be entitled to peddle his wares at a more prestigious club. Where though? Tottenham, who have been underachieving for several years now despite their squad and money? Arsenal, who are much improved but still wide of the mark? Dortmund or Atletico Madrid, who don`t play in the Premier League? In my opinion, the only clubs he could realistically go to are Manchester United/City or Chelsea, and there`s no guarantee that he`d walk into their teams the way he did with ours.

Lambert is trying to develop a mentality devoid of believing you`re a rock star after one good season, of hard work, team effort and unity for Aston Villa as opposed to proving you can cut it in the Premier League. Sadly, every man has his price in the footballing world. As a 21-year old foreigner, could you honestly turn down the chance to play/warm a bench for £80,000+ a week if it was offered to you? Could you turn that down now? And could you blame another man for doing that?

Hopefully we will discover the outcome of this poorly-woven tapestry sooner rather than later. The best case scenario we can hope for is that he`s happy with the renewed contract offer and guarantee of regular football next season. He did say a while ago that he has happy playing for us and scoring goals. If it ain`t broke, and all that. Personally I believe he should stay, earn the doubled wages he will no doubt be offered and see what happens. After all, one swallow doesn`t make a summer. However, if he`s dead set on moving on, we should, and surely would, get the best price we can. There will be plenty more Christian Bentekes out there but you never know where your next £25m is coming from.

I just feel sorry for all the dads out there that might have to tell their children that Ben 10 has gone to another club!

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Writer: Turkish Penguin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 20 2013

Time: 12:50PM

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Great article. I wish you hadn't brought this up again though. I was enjoying a nice easy week free of the whole will he won't he bull****. I think we should keep him for a year and if he wants to go after the world cup, cash in.
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20/06/2013 13:01:00

needs to be sorted asap. personally i wouldn't let him go, even for 30million. just one more year with him might push us into a much better position to find a quality replacement, plus his value might increase further. I'd also tell the player he will get his chance to move on later in his career, and emphasise that the way we play is built around him, and he will flourish here more than anywhere else.
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20/06/2013 13:26:00

Apparently his contract is 'on the table' and once he's back from Vegas (next week) the business of getting it signed will be highest priority. He's contracted to us so there's no panic this season and if somebody comes in with a mega bucks offer, so be it.
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20/06/2013 13:27:00

And another good season, potential World Cup run out will only increase his value, should he play well of course.
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20/06/2013 13:29:00

A well presented article Turkish. I suppose only time will tell, but sooner the better pleaseeeeee
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20/06/2013 13:38:00

Isn't he contracted for another 3 years? - hasn't PL shown no fear in benching & sending players to train with the kids who he has a problem with. Anyone who wants him knows the price starts at around 25M. So this is how it can play out. 1. Tekkers plays another year for us; get his 20 goals, goes to the world cup and we sell him for 35M (we make 28M) 2. He throws a fit say he wants out and won't play. PL stick's him with the kids and no-one hears about him again. (we lose 7M ) 3. He throws a fit and wants out. we sell him for 25M plus (we make 17M+) nobody wants #2 - but its Tekkers call on that one
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20/06/2013 13:45:00

Lambert is building a club without stars. The fans keep saying they totally agree with this and have cheered on his persecution of the high-earners. Therefore, if Lambert and the fans are true to their word, then they should agree that Benteke should be sold as soon as possible.
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20/06/2013 14:04:00

"Tottenham, who have been underachieving for several years now despite their squad and money?" ??????? Lower wage bill than us and a half decent squad with average strikers and finished 5th or there abouts regularly. There is the top 4 and then there is everyone else including Spurs, Everton and Liverpool ( now MAN City have nicked their place.) The new players signed most recently are all saying that they believe in PL's revolution but Benteke couldn't because he didn't know what to expect as he'd only just turned up. Can't put words into his mouth like the press have. Only time will tell.
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20/06/2013 14:30:00

He has to do it again and again and again and again to become a top forward worthy of all this attention and hysteria. I hope he can in our shirt, if he moves then its purely financial because the elite want the finished article ..... his is nowhere near that. Andy Carroll anyone ??
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20/06/2013 15:08:00

Benteke is enjoying his well earned holiday in Las Vegas, The paranoia amongst fans currently is now getting quite absurd. Let's look at the facts 1- Benteke has a 3 year contract 2- We don't have to sell & Paul Lambert has actively stated it would take silly money & finally 3- Were still in the off season nobody will be in genuine contact to sign a player from another English team until at least July. Simply chill people.
The Suntan Superman
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20/06/2013 15:28:00

He's not going anywhere unless a team is desperate and willing to pay 30mil. Even then he may decide to stay another couple of years and sign a new contract. Not sure what all the fuss is about to be honest.
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20/06/2013 15:43:00

Don't get me wrong if be delighted if he stays, but I not that bothered if he goes, is it just me? But I'm not convinced he will do it again!! The last 3 months of the season I thought he played quite poorly, but he got the goals, a nice knack to have, but I'm still not convinced he will do it again, Michael ricketts springs to mind!! But to clarify I'd love him to stay and continue in the same vane.
Mark Roche
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20/06/2013 17:51:00

Going on holiday to Vegas isn't a good sign - Vegas is an absolute hole only good for one thing, money. If that is all he cares about he certainly won't hang around B6.
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20/06/2013 18:09:00

I don't think there are load of Bentekes out there though, he is a class above any other players I know of for his ages. His attributes of speed, strength, skill, shooting and heading are excellent and considering he is only 22 I think he is one of the most complete strikers ever. I don't think he has any weaknesses and I would not even enter into selling him for less than 40m this season as he is irreplaceable, we can buy good strikers but there are very few strikers that will give you all those quality's all together. He would bang him 40 goals at one of the top clubs. If he wants to go then sell him but only for top dollar as I'm sure he will sign for a top top club in the future for double of what we could sell him for now.
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20/06/2013 18:52:00

Are Dafabet running a book on this ? Odds are usually quite interesting in this regard. If hes not signed by next Friday then its obviously complicated.
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20/06/2013 19:05:00

I know this is going to sound odd, particularly given how many he scored last season, and as I think his all-round build up play is great, and his ability to battle for arial balls, etc - BUT I still have this nagging doubt that his finishing is a bit suspect. I just recall watching quite a few of his goals last season and thinking they looked a bit mis-hit or luckily went through the keeper's legs when i'm pretty sure that wasn't where he was aiming. I'm not knocking him though - i'd still love to see him stay another season and prove i'm probably talking nonsense, but equally i've got this feeling that if we did flog him for 25m+ this window it may turn out to be actually decent business. Regardless, i'm very excited for the new season! UTV.
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21/06/2013 02:15:00

His finishing is suspect???.... Do you actually go to these games. The boy is magnificent. Did you see his near post finish against Peter Cech? As to the article- well presented Turkish; some nice links and touches
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21/06/2013 09:18:00

His finishing is suspect???.... Do you actually go to these games. The boy is magnificent. Did you see his near post finish against Peter Cech? As to the article- well presented Turkish; some nice links and touches.
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21/06/2013 09:18:00

The guy did well for us but we must remember that PL pretty much shaped the team around him as the spearhead he saw a lot of the ball and got the lions share of the chances,doubt if he would get that at another club. That being said hes young and a tremendous prospect another good season would pretty much confirm him as a top striker.
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21/06/2013 12:47:00

i dont think he should get double wages if we do this then every youngster that comes in and has a first good season is going to start demanding the same i want him to stay but at the same time i do not believe in keeping a player at any club especially the villa unless they want to be there uts impossible to give 100% if you are not motivated !
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22/06/2013 07:31:00

Good to see you back Mr Penguin. Interesting article. Tend to agree. Best case he stays, settles and cements his place with more goals. I can't see him being a one season wonder, if he plays his cards right, he really could be the next drogba. I can't see us keeping him long but another season and a top price paid when he goes would make it good business. Already good business really because his goals kept us up last season.
The Fear
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22/06/2013 19:59:00


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