Christian Benteke

Name:
Christian Benteke
Nationality:
Congolese
Date of Birth:
03/12/1990
Height:
6' 3" (190cm)
Weight:
13st 1lbs (83.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Liverpool, Genk, Standard Liege, Genk
Position:
Striker


Christian Benteke struggled for form in the early months of the 2014-15 season - but by the end of the campaign he was back to his devastating best.

Benteke's previous summer had been wrecked as he missed the World Cup with a troublesome achilles injury.

He sat out the first two months of the campaign but returned from the bench for the 2-0 home defeat to Man City.

The initial delight at being back was sullied when he was sent off in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham two games later.

That kept him out for the next three matches but he came back with a bang, bagging the winner at Crystal Palace and another several weeks later in the impressive 1-1 draw with Man Utd.

Benteke hit a late winner in the third round of the FA Cup against Blackpool.

But on the eve of the home defeat to Chelsea, there came the shock news that talismanic striker Benteke had been dropped to the bench.

He sat out the following loss to Hull City - and then Paul Lambert exited.

Tim Sherwood walked through the door and immediately set about inspiring Benteke to further greatness.

On inspection of tape-recordings of previous games from the season, Sherwood identified that Benteke had not been receiving adequate service - and he looked to remedy this issue.

It worked like a dream as Benteke bagged 12 goals in claret and blue during the closing four months of the campaign.

Highlights were the late winner against West Brom, a brace at Sunderland, a hat-trick against QPR, a vital header at Tottenham and the first goal in the FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool.

Benteke came flying through the ranks at Belgian club JS Pierreuse from the tender age of six before moving to Standard Liege in 2004 and Genk in 2006.

He spent three initial years at Genk but only featured in 10 games for the club before he rejoined Standard Liege in 2008, where he scored three goals in nine appearances.

Two loan spells kick-started Benteke's career as the striker scored nine goals in 22 games at KV Kortrijk in 2009-10 and six goals in 23 games at KV Mechelen the following season.

He returned to Genk in 2011-12 - playing against previous club Standard in his first game, which his new side won 3-0 - where he netted 16 times in 36 appearances.

Benteke's international career began at a young age for Belgium, appearing 24 times at youth level before making his senior debut in May 2010 against Bulgaria, after being picked for the squad by his coach at Kortrijk, Georges Leekens.

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