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Benteke and Guzan in BBC Sport team of the season
Christian Benteke/Brad Guzan in illustrious company.
19th May 2013
Benteke and Guzan in BBC Sport team of the season


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Christian Benteke and Brad Guzan have made it into the BBC Sport team of the season.

Villa's goalscorer and goalkeeper were selected by Garth Crooks as part of his XI for the 2012-13 campaign.

Both have had immense terms in claret and blue.

Benteke signed from Genk and scored twenty-three goals in all competition with nineteen coming in the top-flight.

Guzan resigned for Villa after a meeting with boss Paul Lambert and his form between the posts had been exemplary.

Benteke won the players young player of the year award at the awards evening while Guzan went home with the players and supporters player of the year trophies.

Crooks was also clearly impressed with the pair.

He said: "When Paul Lambert sits down and reflects on his first season in charge at Villa Park, he will look back at the signing of Benteke as a crucial factor.

"Quite simply, he is the most exciting striker I've seen since a young Michael Owen emerged.

"The question is, can the young Belgian do it again next season?

"Benteke scored or assisted 49% of Villa's goals over the course of the season, the highest proportion for any player at any club in the Premier League during 2012-13.

"Despite Villa's struggles, Guzan too had an outstanding season and the fact he was selected in my team of the week on more occasions than Chelsea's Petr Cech and Manchester City's Joe Hart says a great deal about his level of consistency.

"He hardly got a look-in last season but the American has established himself ahead of Shay Given this campaign, an achievement in itself.

"Guzan claimed more catches (97) than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League in 2012-13."

Crooks also said Ron Vlaar deserved a notable mention for the way he marshalled the backline on his return from injury.

Team of the Season: Guzan [Villa], Zabaleta [Man City], Ivanovic [Chelsea], Ferdinand [Man Utd], Evra [Man Utd], Toure [Man City], Carrick [Man Utd], Bale [Tottenham], Mata [Chelsea], Van Persie [Man Utd], Benteke [Villa].

Arrow BulletChristian Benteke has also been announced as Zoo Magazine's young player of the year.

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