Benteke speculation predictable

Thursday 6th June 2013 17:44

Paul Lambert: Faces battle to keep Christian Benteke

Paul Lambert: Faces battle to keep Christian Benteke

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Aston Villa FanZoner Tom Davis has found the uncertainty surrounding the future of Christian Benteke all too predictable.

In 1993, Damon Albarn and the rest of Blur released an album titled 'Modern Life is Rubbish'.

It was comparatively bliss back then in the world of football. Twenty years later we look on at what appears to be yet another transfer saga at the club.

That album was released at the end of the first season of the reformatted Premier League in which we finished runners-up with Norwich, Blackburn and QPR trailing behind.

Nottingham Forest finished bottom of the league but two seasons later finished third. What would be the odds on QPR doing that today?

It was certainly less predictable back then. Now, speculation surrounding Christian Benteke's future is one of those predictable things in modern football that we knew we were going to face this summer.

Progression in any career is natural and it would be naive to think we can keep Benteke forever, but he's only been here for 10 months and already his position at the club is more delicate than it should be.

The recent interview 'lost in translation' didn't help, but the timing was awful. Almost every top club in Europe are making adjustments to their forward line: Atletico Madrid have lost their frontman; Liverpool have one striker injured, a second who wants to leave and another they can't get rid of; Borussia Dortmund are on the verge of losing their second prized attacking threat in as many months; whilst Chelsea will now undoubtedly strengthen in that area.

Not all of the aforementioned clubs will be in for Benteke but as soon as one striker transfers to another then a domino effect begins and that will ultimately affect us.

It's almost become uniform for our players to be linked away with big-money moves or become embroiled in transfer sagas that drag for endless months - see Gareth Barry, James Milner, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing.

There is a hierarchy that a lot of the media and advertisers have subscribed to and consequently we are just one of many clubs with hands tied in the transfer market.

"Well, he won't be with us for long," we said in the crowds at Villa Park, 17 minutes into Benteke's debut after he scored his first goal. It shouldn't have to be that way.

So we sit tight and ride the continuous speculation over the summer, plodding along with the definition of a successful summer hanging on whether Benteke is still at the club come September 1.

But unless an offer the club can't refuse arrives, why shouldn't he remain with us? It's not in our interests to sell him and we can reject any advances we want. That is about the only ounce of integrity left in transfer markets.

That is until player demands and agent influence comes into play.

It was good to see Eris Kismet quash the reports Benteke would force a move, insisting he is happy to stay at the club. However, stating that his client could not ignore interest from a side playing in Europe contradicts that entirely - especially given the reported interest comes from clubs matching those stipulations. It's an unnecessary and devious tactic.

Clubs make a decision whether or not to ignore interest in a player, not their agent.

It would be nice to see so-called smaller clubs not having to look over their shoulder every time a player performs for fear of them being poached.

It would also be quite nice for a day when agents don't hit needlessly the headlines.

But then again, what else can you expect? I could have predicted it. In fact I did - 17 minutes into his debut.



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