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.

  • Albert Stubbins

    He’s right about sir Les. He was that good in the air he made Keith Gillespie look like a world class winger which of course he wasn’t. Gillespie would sling balls into the box without ever looking up and sir Les would out jump anyone to win it. After sir Les went Gillespie’s career also went down the pan. Coincidence?

    • Rich Lawson

      More to do with his lifestyle and betting,put the story up about him flicking bottle tops at Shearer.

  • George Knox

    Wyn Davies was the best header of the ball by far.

    • Whickhamrobbie

      yeh but in the premier league he would have been about 80 ys old .

      • HappyToons

        Aye, and he would still be a better bet than joselu to get his head on the end of a cross even when he is 100.

        • anyobrien

          Hey he played Alreet today especially in the air

      • Rich Lawson

        Shankly’s reply to a guy who said ”I think Tony Currie’s display today was as good as Tom Finney” Yeah but Tom is 57 now” !

    • anyobrien

      Wyn the leap

    • Rich Lawson

      He was fantastic in the air,when I was at school the girl from the top class who monitored our dinner table had a boyfriend in the juniors at NUFC and said he told her that in training games Wyn’s boots could be level with your head for a jump. I remember a game,must have been late 60’s or early 70’s when we beat Arsenal 2-1 at home,he flew above the defence and I have never seen a header go in with so much power to this day ! Think Pop got the other one.

  • Mitros gotta start

    No mention of shoala?
    On a serious note big dunc and carrol weren’t too bad either

  • Whitehurst

    Thought I’d never see the day when I’d agree with the likes of Tim Sherwood…. the world has truly gone mad!!