Aston Villa are scouts are allegedly keeping an eye on Genk striker Jelle Vossen. Paul Lambert wants to have a target in place should key striker Christian Benteke leave Aston Villa in January. Benteke has already scored 5 goals this season and has been linked to hosts of teams in England and in Italy. Lambert fears that Benteke may be wrestled from his grasp from January or Benteke will ask to leave, yet again.
Vossen has been in fine form for over three years in the Belgium league. He has scored a total of 57 domestic league goals in three seasons and has already scored 11 goals this campaign. Vossen will likely cost a similar price as Benteke (£7 million) but if Villa do sell Benteke, Villa will make a handy profit for a player whose value has risen above £28 million.
It’s always a good idea to have a replacement lined up for your star player. We all know Benteke won’t be at Villa forever and I reckon he’ll leave this season. Unless, obviously, Benteke completely losses form, misses out on the Belgium squad and no one is interested in him again. But that seems unlikely as Benteke has been very lively and has already scored 5 goals this season. He’ll stay past January, unless a team comes in with a crazy offer, I see no reason to sell.