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QPR v Villa: Agbonlahor says Benteke "outstanding"

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QPR v Villa: Agbonlahor says Benteke "outstanding"


Gabby Agbonlahor has hailed Christian Benteke as "outstanding and unplayable" on the eve of the QPR game.

Agbonlahor has been mightily impressed with the impact of Benteke in his first few months in claret and blue.

And the worrying thing for top-flight defenders is that Agbonlahor thinks he can improve a hell of a lot more.

Agbonlahor admits that Benteke reminds him of John Carew for the way he bruises the backline and makes things happen in the final third - either for himself or his striking pals.

And he believes the best is yet to come for the powerful forward who heads to Loftus Road in high spirits following his winning goal against Reading.

Agbonlahor said: "Christian is outstanding. He is still improving and he showed against Reading he can get goals in those areas.

"He has played in quite a few games now for Belgium so he is going to have people who are going to help him.

"And I still think there are still things he can improve on.

"From his point of view he is still learning because he's only 21 but it was big credit to him to get the winning goal.

"He reminds me a bit of John Carew when he came here - the way he holds the ball up, is strong, good in the air, got a bit of pace. He's got all that.

"I think he can be as good as he wants to be. If he takes in what the coaching staff help him with and the experience players, I think he can be unplayable.

"He is unplayable at the moment but he can be whatever he wants to be.

"The fans have really taken to him too. You can see from the fan reaction to his goal that he's already a favourite here.

"I think the fan support is what made him score the goal, the way the fans kept on his side.

"He worked hard up there and that enthusiasm from the fans is what drove him through to get the goal and drove the team through to get the points."

Agbonlahor is thoroughly enjoying playing with Benteke and with Paul Lambert's emerging, youthful side.

Villa's star striker accepts that Villa have a young team but believes they can go far with their sense of camaraderie.

And more importantly, he thinks they will improve season upon season under Lambert's progressive stewardship.

He continued: "We've got a lot of young players who are gaining experience game by game, getting better game by game. It is not just a quick thing. It is going to take as long as it takes and I think the fans are starting to realise that and they are with the side.

"We've got a young squad. People might say we lack experience but we are fighting for each other and everyone is fighting for places.

"If you look at the Man Utd game, no-one thought we would have a chance and we nearly got something out of the game.

"As much as people say about lack of experience, a young squad, if you look at us as a team, we stay together."

Now it's QPR at Loftus Road and Agbonlahor says Villa head into the encounter against Harry Redknapp's rejuvenated team in fine spirits.

He added: "QPR is a small pitch, a tough place to go to, they are going to have players fighting for positions and trying to impress the new manager.

"But we are going to treat it like any other game, go there with a plan and if we can get the result, we will be happy. We are going to go out there and play our game.

"We are going to go there and do everything possible to try and get the three points."

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AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 29th November 2012
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