Punters inside the Football Transfer Tavern are interested to see what the summer transfer window holds for Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke, and Neil Moxley of the Daily Mail has stopped by to tell us what his current manager Paul Lambert has to say on the situation.
The forward has been nominated for the PFA Young Player of The Year after scoring 19 goals in all competitions, and 15 in the Premier League.
Should Villa stay up, they will owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Belgian, who has been a shining light in what has been an otherwise awful season for the Villa Park faithful.
Benteke’s form has attracted the interest of some of the Premier League big guns, but Lambert wants the 22-year-old to stay at Villa Park and prove he is not just a ‘one season wonder.’
“I’m not bothered if he’s nominated or not, as long as he’s performing for this club,” said Lambert, ‘we’ll have to wait and see whether he wins it.
“However, I don’t think it’ll affect him one bit. If he remains the way he is at this minute, he’ll do very well for himself.
“And I don’t want to pile too much pressure upon him. He’s only a young guy learning his trade. He’s made mistakes like everyone else but his performances have been very good.
“He’s got to sustain a level where he is doing it, week in, week out.”
Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham have all been linked with a move for the striker in recent months.
“No doubt we’ll look at his contract at the end of the season. I just don’t want him to be one-season wonder.”