Aston Villa will host a battle this weekend. ‘The battle of the Belgians’. This weekend two of the youngest, most exciting strikers in the Premier League come fact-to-face. On the right corner, we have the 20-year old, weighing in at 93 kg, Romelu Lukaku. In the left corner, the 22-year old, weighing in at 83 kg, Christian Benteke. These two Belgian’s are not only competing to score the most goals in the Premier League this season. But their also battling for the number 12 shirt in a very exciting Belgium side for this summer World Cup.
These two strikers immensely impressed last season. Benteke managed to net 19 goals last season, while Lukaku hit 17 goals. This season, the odds are currently favouring Lukaku. The younger-Belgian has scored 4 goals in 4 appearances. Benteke has scored the same amount of goals, but has made 6 appearances for Aston Villa. Lukaku is also currently the 8th best Premier League player, according to Whoscored (rating of 7.65). Benteke, meanwhile holds the 35th position (rating of 7.32).
But, it appears as though the older Belgian has more to offer. Benteke is excellent at arial duels, he’s very good at finishing, headers, through-balls and long passes. Lukaku holds an advantage over technical ability, Lukaku is a very good dribbler who can occasionally offer a glimmer of skill. Lukaku, likewise his international colleague is also very strong in the air. Interestingly, both forwards struggle with offside awareness, with Lukaku arguably struggling a tiny bit more.
The paragraph above has indicated (to myself at the very least), that Benteke offers more to a team and is, as a result, the stronger and better Belgian. Does that mean he will win the battle of the Belgians? Perhaps not, but so far this season he has shown to the world that he has managed to continue his form in the Premier League and he’ll continue to get better and better. Lukaku, is showing a lot of promise and has bag loads of ability. Lukaku may not be a team player to the same extent as Benteke, but he is a game-changing player. Lukaku can create something out of nothing, there aren’t many players who can do that. Both forwards have a common goal at the end of the season, out-score each other and insure that they are in the starting 11 for Belgian in Brazil. Currently it’s a tie, and with two forwards on a pitch eager to impress; fans could witness a very exciting game.