Monday media watch [04.02.13 PM]: Lambert on Benteke/Sylla
Clubcall: Paul Lambert has been delighted by Christian Benteke's contribution to Aston Villa this season, describing him as 'top class'. The Villa chief drafted the powerful Belgium international striker into the club from Genk during the summer and has been rewarded by the faith shown in him with 14 goals so far, including a brace in Saturday's 3-3 draw at Everton. Benteke has kept record signing Darren Bent out of the Villa line-up throughout the season and Lambert feels he will be the key to the club staving off relegation to the Championship.
Goal.com: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is sure that, if his side continue performing as they did in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Everton, they will avoid relegation from the Premier League. The 19th-placed side led for the majority of the game, with Christian Benteke scoring twice, but Marouane Fellaini's second goal in injury-time saw them leave Goodison Park with just a point. Though visibly disappointed at the final whistle, Lambert is hopeful that similar displays will garner more points in future games.
Express & Star: Manager Paul Lambert today admitted Aston Villa's failure to hold on to winning positions is driving him "mental." The claret and blues surrendered a two-advantage for the third time this season as they drew 3-3 with Everton at the weekend having gone 3-1 up much to Lambert's annoyance. "Does it drive me mental? Yes it does! Considering the way we were playing at certain times of the game against Everton; I thought we'd been excellent," said the Villa boss.
Clubcall: Paul Lambert hailed the energy of new signing Yacouba Sylla and is confident he 'will do great' for Aston Villa in the long term. The Villa chief snapped up the defensive-minded France U21 international from French Ligue 2 outfit Clermont Foot on transfer deadline day. And he pitched him into the final 11 minutes of Saturday's 3-3 draw against Everton as a replacement for Gabby Agbonlahor.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi believes star striker Christian Benteke could prove "priceless" for the club. The 22-year-old Belgium international has scored 14 goals for Villa this season despite the team's struggles and El Ahmadi reckons his team-mate is up there with the best. "Chris is one of the best strikers in the Premier League," said El Ahmadi.
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