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Monday media watch [03.03.14 PM]: Benteke tipped to improve
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3rd Mar 2014
Monday media watch [03.03.14 PM]: Benteke tipped to improve


*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

BT Sport: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hailed striker Christian Benteke as a world-class player, but one that is still far from the finished article. It was always going to be difficult for Benteke to replicate his spectacular debut campaign for Villa last season when he scored 23 goals following his £7million arrival from Genk. Five goals in the opening five matches of this season suggested it was definitely on the cards, but then a hip injury preceded a barren 12-game run and questions were being raised about the 23-year-old. Benteke has since responded with a further five goals in his last nine matches, including two in three minutes that helped Villa to a 4-1 thrashing of Norwich on Sunday. The opener, to haul Villa level after Wes Hoolahan had given Norwich a third-minute lead, was a spectacular overhead volley after taking a pass from captain Ron Vlaar on his chest. Lambert knows Benteke is a special player, but for one so young he also appreciates there is so much more to come.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says striker Christian Benteke is already world-class - but he can get much better. Benteke was a sensation in his first season in the Premier League, scoring 23 goals following his £7m move from Genk. He started the current campaign in good form, scoring five goals in the first five games, but he then suffered a hip injury and, on his return, failed to find then net in 12 games. On Sunday he appeared to be back to his best, scoring two in three minutes in the 4-1 victory over Norwich. The first was a brilliant overhead kick, and Lambert says that Benteke is a special player and is only going to get better.

Sporting Life: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hailed striker Christian Benteke as a world-class player, but one that is still far from the finished article. It was always going to be difficult for Benteke to replicate his spectacular debut campaign for Villa last season when he scored 23 goals following his £7million arrival from Genk. Five goals in the opening five matches of this season suggested it was definitely on the cards, but then a hip injury preceded a barren 12-game run and questions were being raised about the 23-year-old. Benteke has since responded with a further five goals in his last nine matches, including two in three minutes that helped Villa to a 4-1 thrashing of Norwich on Sunday. The opener, to haul Villa level after Wes Hoolahan had given Norwich a third-minute lead, was a spectacular overhead volley after taking a pass from captain Ron Vlaar on his chest. Lambert knows Benteke is a special player, but for one so young he also appreciates there is so much more to come.

Clubcall: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is hoping that his brace against Norwich is the start of a good run of form in front of goal. Benteke played a crucial role in helping his side to claim all three points against the Canaries on Sunday, the Villans coming from a goal down to win 4-1 at Villa Park. The Belgium international took his total for the season to 10 goals in all competitions with the double and he is keen to add further to his tally.

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BBC Sport: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler. Pardew, 52, was sent to the stand for the incident during the second half of the Magpies' 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.

Sky Sports: Adam Lallana says his Southampton team-mate Luke Shaw fully deserves his first call-up to the England squad. Left-back Shaw, 18, was selected for Wednesday's friendly with Denmark at Wembley and is expected to feature.

BBC Sport: Manuel Pellegrini hopes Manchester City's Capital One Cup final victory over Sunderland can inspire his players to complete a historic domestic treble. City won 3-1 at Wembley to give Pellegrini his first trophy in England.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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