Aston Villa supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern are hoping to hear news that Tim Sherwood is on the verge of signing a replacement for Christian Benteke, but reports from the Daily Mirror suggest the Villa boss is still hung up on his former striker, despite Villa beating the odds and turning over Bournemouth at the weekend.
Benteke completed a £32.5million move to Liverpool last month, and stated this week he hoped to prove the claims of his former boss wrong during his debut season at Anfield.
Sherwood claimed Benteke’s move to Anfield didn’t make sense as the Belgian international is a player who thrives on crosses, and Liverpool are a side ‘who don’t cross the ball’.
Benteke hit back at Sherwood’s comments earlier in the week, and now it seems the Villa boss has entered a war of words with the 24-year-old, having responded to the man who fired 13 goals in 16 games to save Villa from relegation last season.
Sherwood responded: “I can’t remember ever saying that, he must have dreamt that one.
“I would try anything to make him stay but I don’t remember ever saying he shouldn’t go and play for Liverpool. I wouldn’t be that disrespectful to that football club.”
Sherwood also hit back at claims he had taken the credit for the Belgian’s revival during the second half of last season.
He added: “I took no credit, people gave me credit, I didn’t take it, I didn’t ask for it.”
A bunch of Aston Villa fans over by the pool table here in the Transfer Tavern are deliberating this news, and feel that Sherwood needs to forget about Christian Benteke, as the club have replaced him well with Rudy Gestede!
Our landlord feels the same way as the Villa fans here in the Tavern and admits that the Villains have replaced Benteke will, with Rudy Gestede already looking like he will do a job in the Premier League for the midlands club this season!