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Tim Sherwood says Newcastle have had the 2 greatest ever Premier League strikers ‘in the air’

4 years ago

Tim Sherwood had to get something right eventually.

A failed manager at Tottenham, after being sacked from there he went to Aston Villa.

Sherwood only lasted eight months at Villa Park, sacked in October 2015.

His latest job was at Swindon Town as Director of Football but after they were relegated to League Two in May, Tim Sherwood was once again sacked on a month later.

Since then he has once again been appearing as a pundit/expert and his latest saw him singing the praises of Christian Benteke.

After failing to score in 13 games, Benteke at last scored with a header against Crystal Palace last Saturday, the first goal in a 3-0 away win at Leicester.

Tim Sherwood managed the striker during his brief time in charge at Aston Villa, also selling him, after Liverpool met the eye watering £32.5m release clause needed to buy him.

Sherwood has defended the Belgian striker and actually claims he is ‘prolific’, as he has a scoring rate (according to Sherwood) of a goal every two and a half matches on average.

The pundit also believes that Benteke is outstanding in the air, only bettered by the two greatest ever Premier League strikers in the air, who both happen to be former Newcastle strikers.

I wouldn’t disagree.

Tim Sherwood:

“Christian Benteke is a good guy, quiet, introverted, with a burning desire to score goals.

“As a footballer he’s probably one of the best outside of Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer in the air.

“Once you get the ball into that box he will attack it and score goals.

“Every striker needs confidence, he took a real blow missing that penalty (going against Roy Hodgson’s orders when grabbing the ball in the final seconds and seeing his penalty saved against Bournemouth – the game ending 2-2), but he’s taken it on the chin, come back, scored at the weekend and he will go on from that.

“He is powerful and his goalscoring record is one in every two and a half games, that is prolific in the Premier League.”

They only played one season together at Newcastle United but Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand were devastating together.

Both brilliant in the air and on the ground, they scored a cracking 49 goals (all competitions) between them in 1996/97.


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