Paul Lambert has spoken of his delight at Christian Benteke's nomination as PFA Young Player of the Year, calling it "well-deserved."
It was revealed this morning that Benteke was in the running for the prestigious award after bagging nineteen goals in all competitions for the claret and blues.
Lambert was thrilled when he heard the news just prior to his pre-Man Utd press conference.
And he told the assembled media masses that Benteke was worthy of his selection, alongside the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere.
But he also called for the giant frontman to continue his form in the years ahead.
He said: "I think it's well-deserved. Whether he gets it remains to be seen.
"He's in a very good group of footballers. It's nice for him. It's lovely that he's been nominated.
"His general game is very good. To have had that kind of impact from someone so young has been a major lift.
"It's as long as he doesn't rest on it - and keeps going.
"That will be the challenge for him - to make sure he's not a one-season wonder. He has to go again.
"He is only 22. That means he's got another 14/15 years left in the game.
"You have to do that every year - not one, two or three seasons - every year.
"That will separate the good ones from the not so good ones.
"But it's brilliant for him. He's in great company with the ones that have been nominated. It's well-deserved to be in that bracket."
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