AN­DRO BACS BIG BEN TO FIRE AGAIN

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS -

CHRIS­TIAN BEN­TEKE’S de­ci­sion to stay at As­ton Villa is vi­tal to their hopes this sea­son, ac­cord­ing to team-mate Le­an­dro Bacuna.

The Bel­gium ace, who bagged 19 Pre­mier League goals last term, per­formed a shock U-turn ear­lier this month when he snubbed in­ter­est from Tot­ten­ham.

And new boy Bacuna reck­ons Ben­teke – who scored a hat-trick in Fri­day’s 5-1 win at Crewe – can be even bet­ter this term.

“The fans are de­lighted Chris­tian has signed a new deal and so are the play­ers,” said Bacuna.

“He’s big, strong, a good fin­isher and a good provider of chances. It was im­por­tant he stayed.

“He wants to show what he can do again af­ter how well he did last sea­son.”

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