Ex-Villa skipper Laursen lauds influence of Benteke

Former Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen has heaped praise on the clubs newest star Christian Benteke.

Former Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen has heaped praise on the clubs newest star Christian Benteke.

The 22-year old Belgian striker has been impressive for Villa since his summer move from Genk and former Denmark international Laursen is already a big fan of the Villa Park cult hero’s work.

"Christian Benteke is already a key player for Villa. If he plays well, Villa play well,” he told the club’s official website.

"He was brilliant at Anfield (scoring twice in the 3-1 win over Liverpool) and I'm hoping for more of the same from him at Stamford Bridge. I think he's great.

"I have already talked a lot about him whenever I've been asked about Villa in my media work.

"He is so, so strong, he works his socks off, he's a part of everything Villa does.

"He's the focal point of the team. He's involved in throw-ins, corner-kicks, everything really. He is very, very important."

The former fan favourite added: "I know the fans love him. They have really taken to him and he'll love that respect from the crowd. It's an amazing feeling - I know all about it!”

 

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