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Lambert: Don't underestimate 'Beast' Benteke's skill

Lambert: Don't underestimate 'Beast' Benteke's skill

By Paul Brown

Paul Lambert agrees Christian Benteke is a beast of a player - but thinks that nickname doesn't fully cover his skills as a top footballer.

Lambert accepts that Benteke will be viewed as a powerful forward because of his size and strength in attack.

But he thinks there's much, much more to Benteke's game that raw muscle in attack.

The manager likes Benteke's quality on the deck - and thinks he's a wonderful guy off the pitch too.

Benteke has been a revelation with the claret and blue faithful since arriving from Genk in the summer transfer window.

He's scored four goals, set up countless others and been a real handful for opposition defences.

Lambert has been thrilled with his new frontman and thinks there's more to come.

He said: "Christian was unbelievable against Manchester United. He was brilliant.

"I think he's not just a strong player, his technique is terrific too.

"For someone 21 years of age, as I've said before, he can be anything he wants that guy.

"Christian keeps going! He's a brilliant guy as well, his character is terrific. But my God, he's a proper No.9.

"He did give the centre-halves a run for their money. The crowd love it."

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By @AVFCOfficial 12th November 2012
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