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TBR View: Spurs should absolutely say no to Christian Benteke

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TBR View: Spurs should absolutely say no to Christian Benteke

Spurs have reportedly been offered the chance to sign flop Crystal Palace striker, Christian Benteke.

The giant Belgian striker has struggled for any sort of form since arriving at Selhurst Park. Indeed, he scored only three times last season and looks completely off the boil again this term.

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Christian Benteke has reportedly been offered to Spurs. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

He’s yet to hit the net for Roy Hodgson’s men all season this time around. However, according to a report from The Sun, Benteke has been offered to Spurs and Jose Mourinho.

It’s clear that Spurs need a new striker. With Harry Kane injured, Mourinho will need to bring in a new forward in the short-term at least.

But is Benteke really the man he should be considering? His goal record and overall form in the last few seasons, suggests not.

A shadow of the player

Benteke was signed by Liverpool for a big sum of money because he looked a huge threat. His form for Aston Villa had been superb and, in fairness to him, he deserved his move to Anfield.

Since then, however, it’s been nothing but a downward spiral for the Belgian striker.

 

The frustrating thing with Benteke is that he can do it. In his first spell with Palace, he knocked in an impressive 15 goals to help the Eagles comfortably stay in the league.

Benteke scored 15 times in his first season with Crystal Palace. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Even at Liverpool, he managed nine Premier League goals in just under 30 starts. Yes, it wasn’t what Liverpool fans wanted, but it wasn’t the worst goal return.

That, then, is what is the most frustrating thing for Palace fans with Benteke this season.

Not for Spurs

While Benteke has attributes, Spurs need someone to come in and hit the ground running. They can’t afford to have someone taking time to settle in, nor can they have someone woefully out of form like Benteke is.

It, therefore, makes little sense for Spurs to try and make a move for the Belgian.

If push comes to shove, both Lucas and Son can play down the middle. Harry Kane, too, is historically a quick healer when it comes to injury.

Having Benteke in the squad, then, would be of little benefit to Jose Mourinho at this moment in time.

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