Collymore: Brilliant Benteke can be a football superstar
Stan Collymore believes Christian Benteke has what it takes to be a football superstar.
Collymore has been astounded by the impact of the powerful forward in claret and blue this season.
TalkSPORT's most famous presenter thinks Benteke has every element of his game in top gear.
And he believes Villa should build a team around Benteke for years to come.
He said: "I think Christian can become a great central striker.
"He is playing in an exceptional group of Belgian footballers - Kevin Mirallas, Marouane Fellaini, Moussa Dembele and Eden Hazard.
"His football education at international level is already up and running.
"Physically he is strong enough to hold off central defenders and give the team a platform.
"His touch is excellent. It took him a couple of games to get used to playing in the increased pace and pressure of the Premier League.
"But I think we have already seen how much he's improved - just look at the backheel into the path of Andi Weimann at Anfield.
"Some of his finishing has been superb too.
"I think over the next four or five years we need to build a team at Villa around Christian.
"He can go and achieve whatever he wants to in the game. He is a potential superstar."
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