Lambert: I won't curtail Benteke's powerful approach
Paul Lambert insists he won't curtail Christian Benteke's authoritative approach.
Despite the red card which rules Benteke out at Wigan, Lambert thinks that curbing the colossal frontman would be madness.
He believes that his powerful play makes him the quality striker he is, having hit a remarkable twenty-three goals in his debut season in the Barclays Premier League.
Lambert said:"I think he's only had about four cards all season. You can't call him undisciplined.
"He's gone for things that I think he's quite entitled for in the general game.
"I won't curtail him. He takes some hard hits himself. He's not a shrinking violet, that's for sure.
"You take that away from really good players, you'd lose a bit of them.
"He's only a young lad and he's learning his trade really. He's 22. He's just starting on the football ladder.
"But he's been terrific for us. You see the adulation the crowd give him. He's been a big player for us.
"He's scored twenty-three goals which is a big chunk.
"He was like everyone in the dressing room after the game. Everyone was down about the result.
"But he's give us everything. He's looking at the ball with that second one."
Lambert admits that the absence of Benteke will be a blow, as the team have to do without him for the final league game of the campaign.
But he has backed someone else to come forward and impress, with the likes of Darren Bent, Jordan Bowery and Charles N'Zogbia waiting in the wings.
He added: "I think when you lose any player to a red card it's a blow.
"The way he's been playing, his form has been huge.
"But it's someone's gain and they will give it everything they've got.
"We have a few still there. We will see what happens.
"The front lads have been excellent with the goals they have scored. They have been quality. We just move on now."
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