Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has insisted he is not concerned by a dip in form for striker Christian Benteke, Sky
Benteke has not scored in his last three games and had a penalty saved by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard in his most recent outing, with Everton going on to win the game 2-0 at Villa Park. But Lambert played down any suggestion Benteke was out of form, stressing that missing chances was the life of a striker.
“ He’s missed a couple of chances, so what?,” Lambert said. “He’ll come back and he’ll score, I’ve got no worries with that whatsoever, I know if he gets a chance he’ll score. There’re not many times Christian doesn’t score.”
Lambert added that even if Benteke goes through a few scoreless games, his contribution last season means he is entitled to a brief drop in form and it would not change his opinion of the Belgium international. “I know what he’s done for me, I know what he’s done for the club, I know what he’s done for the team,” Lambert added. “ I wasn’t going to let the odd couple of chances blight my vision of him. You pick him up, he goes again, in training he’s been his normal self.”
Benteke has scored 28 goals in 47 games for Villa since moving to the club in the summer of 2012 from Genk. So far this season the 22-year-old has netted five times in eight games for the Villans but not since a goal against Newcastle in mid-September.
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