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PremierLeague-News.Com - Benteke's goals return over the last five years has been modest to say the least, with just 29 in the Premier League and eight this season, although six have come in his last 11 appearances
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Christian Benteke burst onto the scene in English football with a prolific three-year spell at Aston Villa, who paid Belgian club Gent a relatively modest £7million for his services back in 2012. Benteke’s form at Villa Park prompted Liverpool to pay £32million for the Belgium international in 2015. But the goals have dried up since then. After just one season at Anfield, Benteke joined Crystal Palace in a £27million deal. His goals return over the last five years has been modest to say the least, with just 29 in the Premier League and eight this season, although six have come in his last 11 appearances. Ahead of Villa’s trip to Selhurst Park on Sunday, Palace boss Roy Hodgson has tried to explain Benteke’s struggles in front of goal in recent years. Read More Related Articles Carney Chukwuemeka at Aston Villa: Man United and Liverpool transfer talk, contract and Dean Smith plan Read More Related Articles Dean Smith gives Ross Barkley update as Aston Villa eye £15m bargain transfer “When you come into a new country, you sometimes come in without any major expectations, and you avoid major criticism because people are getting to know you and getting to see what you can do,” said Hodgson (via London News Online ). “They watched him score a lot of goals that season; winning heading duels, he’s a good runner, a good athlete, and people are thinking ‘fantastic’ – so much so, that Liverpool decided they were going to spend an awful lot of money at that time to take him to their club. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “It’s momentum with strikers.
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. But when I came, he had suffered from one or two injuries, and he wasn’t in that sort of form and having the momentum that he has now. “The goals had dried up a little bit, and then people were asking the questions – ‘How come you did it at Aston Villa, but you didn’t do it at Liverpool? And now you’re not doing it at Crystal Palace? What has gone wrong?’ “Maybe what went wrong was that he was fighting and trying hard to put things right, and the more he tried, the harder it became.”
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This could be Benteke’s last season at Selhurst Park, with the 30-year-old's contract due to expire in the summer. Whether he stays at Palace or goes elsewhere, Hodgson believes the forward can hit the ground running next season. “He will finish the season strongly, I am sure,” said Hodgson. “And then he has got next season with that momentum and that confidence and that good feeling about himself and people saying good things about him – a good pre-season should really help him to get going again.”
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