The Giallorossi are screening the market for a top striker able to replace Dzeko. Benteke could be the strong man to play up front.
Football is cruel sometimes. You start your career showing great qualities and performing as well as the top European strikers but then something changes and you are no longer able to make the difference. Ladies and gentlemen we are talking about Christian Benteke.
The Belgian player joined Crystal Palace on August 20, 2016, and after a good first season, his performances have been disappointing, to say the least. Most of the fans of the British side are very skeptical about the real value of their striker who has been paid about €31 million.
In the 2016-17 season, Benteke made 40 appearances and scored 17 goals and 2 assists. The 28-year-old from Kinshasa had consistently played that season (3,279 minutes) making a real difference.
But a ligament injury had seriously compromised his spell in the 2017-18 campaign. The player missed several matches from September 30 to November 5, 2017. His gradual return to the professional activity didn’t change the final outcome of his season, 3 goals and 6 assists in 31 caps.
When a problem haunts you, you must react with great fortitude. His knee, instead, affected Benteke’s 2018-19 campaign as well. A serious knee injury suffered on September 15, 2018, forced the player out until January 2, 2019. The Belgian striker has been left on the bench for other four matches throughout the season. The only goal scored in 854 minutes played is a bad result that compromises his period in London.
Can Benteke be the striker Roma needs?
In my opinion, he may be. First of all, Benteke is fairly young (28) and a player with great potential. His physicality (1,90 m) could make the difference against the compact Italian defenses. When he played at Aston Villa (from 2012 to the end of 2015) Benteke made 101 appearances and scored 49 goals, a pretty good performance that highlights his efficiency when he can stay fit.
His contract is set to expire in 2020. Crystal Palace may be interested in letting him go. Christian Benteke’s salary is a tall wall to climb for Roma, though. The Giallorossi will never be willing to pay him as much as the British side (reportedly about €8 million). But his poor performances in the last couple of years may work in favor of the Lupi.
The transfer market window is still very long and anything can happen until the end of August.