Villa striker Benteke receives plaudits from boss Lambert

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has heaped praise on striker Christian Benteke as the Belgium international attempts to become the first Villa striker since Juan Pablo Angel in 2003/04 to score 20 goals in a season.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has heaped praise on striker Christian Benteke as the Belgium international attempts to become the first Villa striker since Juan Pablo Angel in 2003/04 to score 20 goals in a season.

"If he gets 20 goals, then he's doing something good for us," said the Scotsman.

"The big guy, over the course of the whole season, has been excellent for someone just 22 years of age.

"I don't need to say much to Christian. He is a young guy still learning but his performances have been exceptional.

"He has been massive to us and also scores goals for a very talented Belgium side.

"For his age, he has played so many big games already, internationals, and it looks like Belgium will qualify for the World Cup.

"The lad knows big-time football but whatever you can do to help him, then you will speak to him."

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