Former Aston Villa boss Brian Little believes Christian Benteke can fire them to safety.

Little reckons the Belgian striker, 22, could be the ace in the pack when it comes to avoiding the drop from the top flight.

He told the Daily Star Sunday: "Benteke looks to be from the old school of Villa ­forwards - he is a pivotal part of the team.

"But sometimes they never quite get Benteke in the game."