The 30-year-old started the game alongside Wilfried Zaha as part of a front two, forming the tip of Roy Hodgson’s old reliable 4-4-2 formation.
This helped Hodgson’s side the lead in as little as four minutes. Zaha broke down the left and cut the ball back to the Belgium international, who provided an intelligent flick, with a stroke of fortune, that found Jeffrey Schlupp running into the penalty area to stroke home and give the hosts the lead.
Benteke continues to be a key part of the former England manager’s team. Before the match, he had scored three goals in his last 11 appearances (TransferMarkt).
Was Benteke Palace's best player vs Sheffield Utd?
With this in mind, supporters were extremely complimentary towards Benteke and his intelligence, which helped their side break the deadlock early on.
Fans gush over Benteke
“That’s absolute class from Benteke”
“Class touch from Benteke”
“Aaaaaall aboard the Benteke Express!”
“Benteke has been better than Schlupp imo”
Benteke looking better with every game”
“Brilliant benteke, good Schlupp!”
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