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Christian Benteke absolutely must step up following injury to Wilfried Zaha

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Christian Benteke absolutely must step up following injury to Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke might be in the last chance saloon.

The big Belgian has been struggling for a while now with the Eagles, and appears to be devoid of all confidence after the goals dried up.

Last term he only managed to score three times in the Premier League, and he has started the current campaign in a similar fashion, failing to net in four appearances so far.

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Roy Hodgson has been admirably loyal to the 27-year-old since he pitched up this time last year.

Critics have bashed the striker, and fans have expressed their frustrations, but Hodgson’s faith has never wavered.

But perhaps now is the time for the ex-England manager to seriously consider what’s best for the team.

Last chance saloon?

Benteke looks shadow of the player that first arrive in England with Aston Villa in 2012.

Back then he was arguably one of the most fearsome strikers in the division.

 

Things have taken an almost sad turn, and the former Genk hitman, signed for £32 million from Liverpool in 2015 (as reported by Sky Sports), desperately needs to start scoring.

The Sun claim Wilfried Zaha could be out for a month with injury, meaning the need could be even greater for Benteke to start producing.

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Everybody knows how important to Palace Zaha is, and nobody needs reminding of how they suffer when he’s not playing.

Benteke must step up to the plate in the time the Ivorian is sidelined.

Hodgson has been very persistent; it’s time for Benteke to reward his faith and show everybody he isn’t finished in English football.

Alexander Sørloth is waiting in the wings

Benteke needs to find form and quickly, or else he could lose his place to Alexander Sørloth.

The Norwegian has been biding his time on the bench at Selhurst Park.

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Surely he’ll given more starts by Hodgson if there is no upturn in form for Benteke.

The £9 million signing from Midtjylland probably feels he’s due a proper chance after making just eight league appearances since arriving in January 2018.

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