Damien Delaney doesn't sound too impressed with Christian Benteke 5 years ago

Damien Delaney doesn't sound too impressed with Christian Benteke

This is hardly a ringing endorsement.

Crystal Palace smashed their club record transfer fee to sign Christian Benteke from Liverpool, but Damien Delaney doesn't sound like he's exactly jumping for joy.

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The Irish defender was asked about the potential impact of Palace's new striker, signed for £27m. Despite the London side failing to score so-far this season, and previous first-choice forward Conor Wickham failing to convince, Delaney doesn't sound too excited about Benteke joining Palace's ranks.

"We're not signing [Lionel] Messi, he's a good player but he's not a player who is going to get the ball and make things happen," Delaney told The Evening Standard.

"We've got to work on the midfield players, wide players, defenders, full-backs and have better service and a better way about us."

"He brings a presence, he's a handful, but Connor Wickham is as well. It's time we stop talking about things and go and win games."

It's probably a good thing Delaney stopped talking when he did, or it would've made for an awkward first week of training for Benteke at Palace.

There appears to a certain, largely skewed, revisionism of Benteke as a player. The Belgian scored 49 goals in 101 games for Aston Villa, who struggled in the Premier League during his time at Villa Park, and were relegated when he left.

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He didn't set the world alight at Liverpool, but he was hardly a flop in the manner of Mario Balotelli, and was merely deemed unsuited to Jurgen Klopp's style of play.

He may not be Lionel Messi, but he has a vastly superior record to Wickham and seems ideally fitted to Palace.

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