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QPR v Villa: Lambert - Benteke gives us a real fear factor


Paul Lambert believes the return of Christian Benteke adds a fear factor to the claret and blue ranks.

The Belgian striker made his long-awaited comeback from an achilles injury when he came off the bench in Villa's last Barclays Premier League home match against Manchester City and also played 81 minutes of the defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

The manager has called for patience as the forward continues his recovery following a six month lay-off.

But he believes the striker - yet to get up to top speed - still creates a buzz and gives the team a cutting edge.

Speaking on the eve of the QPR encounter, the boss said: "It won't happen straight away. He's just coming back. It may take him half a dozen games to get back and right up to speed.

"There will be times when you'll think he's back to his old self and there will also be times where he'll look like a lad that's not played for a length of time.

"But when you put Benteke on your team sheet it makes people think. It doesn't matter how long he's been out, he's still a threat.

"Against City he was good and once he's fully back fit he'll be a very good player for us."

Villa have found goals hard to come by in recent weeks, having failed to find the back of the net in their last four league outings.

But Lambert is convinced it's only a matter of time before his side start firing, given the attacking talent at his disposal.

He added: "I've got no issues on the goalscoring front.

"Against Everton, we had Kieran Richardson, Tom Cleverley, Charles N'Zogbia, Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor on the pitch - five players that have goals in them.

"That will come. No two ways about it. That will definitely come.

"We will be certainly okay in that department when the season settles down. I have no worries on that front.

"When the season kicks in, we will fine.

"Libor Kozak is still to come back which will also give us a boost."

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