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Christian Benteke | Forward | #17

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 183

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Crystal Palace just can't seem to catch a break, even with a spectacular comeback, after suffering a 5-4 loss to Swansea City.
Palace went ahead early after Wilfried Zaha got on the end of a header from Christian Benteke and slotted it past Lukasz Fabianski in the 19th minute. But the Swans returned with three unanswered goals in the next 35 minutes to take a 3-1 lead; then the fun began. James Tomkins pounced on a loose ball in the box following a corner in the 75th minute to cut the lead in half. A bizarre own goal from Jack Cork sent the Eagles level, before Benteke seemed to grab the three points just two minutes later in the 84th after hitting both posts with a shot following another scramble off a corner for the 4-3 lead. But the Palace losing streak extended to six straight Premier League games after Swansea stole two stoppage-time goals courtesy of Fernando Llorente for the 5-4 result. Nov 26 - 12:25 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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Despite a spectacular penalty miss last weekend, striker Christian Benteke will remain on penalty kicks for Crystal Palace.

The former Liverpool forward drew a penalty in the final minute of the first half against West Ham last weekend in a 1-0 loss and drew scrutiny for missing wide right with a lackadaisical penalty attempt. But manager Alan Pardew confirmed Benteke will remain on penalty duty this week: "He will still be our penalty taker, we have a had chat about it and we had some conflicting opinions on the penalty which we would do but I have great faith in him. I think it is important that your striker continues to score goals and that is why I have always encouraged my centre forwards to take penalties."
Oct 22 - 12:34 AM

Crystal Palace couldn't take advantage of multiple opportunities at home, including a one-man advantage, in a 1-0 loss to West Ham.

While West Ham ended its five-match winless streak on Saturday, Crystal Palace saw its five-match undefeated run come to an end. The Eagles had not lost a Premier League match since Week 2 against Spurs, taking 11 points from the last five. But missed opportunities proved the difference with the biggest chance coming at the end of the first half. Christian Benteke drew a foul in the penalty box in the final minute of the first half, before nonchalantly stepping to the spot and pushing it wide. Less than a minute later, the forward had an open header at the back post that clipped the post for the final play of the half. With the loss, Palace remain in eighth place on 11 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 15 - 2:36 PM

Christian Benteke scored a goal (one shot on target) in Crystal Palace's entertaining and controversial 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Friday.

Benteke was the hero for Crystal Palace for the second match in a row. The Belgian international leveled the score when he headed in a cross from Joel Ward in the 50th minute, which was his third goal in five appearances since moving to Palace. The Eagles continued to press Everton and looked to have went ahead when Damien Delaney converted a header in the 75th minute. However, following a discussion between the two officials, it was decided the effort should not stand as the assistant's flag went up on the goal. The result of the match pushed Palace to 7th in the table and saw Benteke score his fifth goal in six career matches against the Toffees.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 30 - 5:44 PM

Crystal Palace won its third straight Premier League match in come-from-behind fashion with a 3-2 result at Sunderland.

Christian Benteke secured his moment of fame in Palace fans' memory with a last-minute header to seal a comeback win from 2-0 down. After Jermain Defoe's second goal in the 60th, Joe Ledley answered back almost immediately to cut the lead to one. Ten minutes later, it was James McArthur's turn to add his name to the scoresheet to draw even with the Black Cats. Then, the Belgian forward headed in a cross from Lee Chung-yong for the 3-2 wins, with all three goals coming in the last half-hour.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 24 - 12:13 PM

The Christian Benteke era at Crystal Palace is underway in sparkling fashion with Crystal Palace's first win of the season.

It was an afternoon for Palace debuts with goalkeeper Steve Mandanda receiving the start along with Benteke while Jonathan Benteke, Christian's younger brother, and Mathieu Flamini, who was just signed Thursday on a free transfer, came off the bench as subs. But it was the elder Benteke who took the spotlight just 16 minutes into his Papace debut, heading in the opening goal off a Wilfried Zaha cross. After Middlesbrough equalizer, it was Zaha who took matters into his own hands with the match-winner two minutes after halftime for the 2-1 victory. Meanwhile, Connor Wickham, Yohan Cabaye and Pape Souare all missed out with injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 10 - 12:02 PM

Crystal Palace have officially announced the arrival of Christian Benteke who penned a four-year deal.

The Eagles reached an agreement with Liverpool yesterday but had to wait for the striker to pass a medical before officially introducing him. Whether he is available to feature against Tottenham later today is unknown, but it is more likely he will make his debut next week at Selhurst Park against the Cherries. If Benteke can use the motivation of a fresh start with a new club where he will be the main man, it is the perfect environment for him to score. Palace should be a much better fit for him than Liverpool was. He should be owned in all fantasy draft leagues and is one to monitor for the FPL game as Palace have a nice run of fixtures ahead following their trip to White Hart Lane today.
Aug 20 - 5:47 AM

Liverpool have agreed to terms that would see Christian Beneteke move to Crystal Palace for a transfer fee of £27m and the deal will be confirmed once the striker passes his medical.

Liverpoool turned down a deal earlier in the week from the Eagles that offered £25m up front with an additional £7m in add-ons. This deal adds £2m up front but the payment could rise to £32m total. That is only half a million pounds left than Liverpool bought Benteke for last summer, so they basically break even and can get a player with no future at the club off of their books. While Benteke saw little success at Anfield, he still has plenty of potential in his career to be a force at striker, with plenty of size, strength and a powerful, accurate finish when he is in form. He will likely step right into Alan Pardew's starting XI, knocking Connor Wickham out of his spot, though Wickham has played out wide in the past and could do so again. If Benteke was not drafted or dropped in your draft league, he is certainly an immediate add. Current owners should be very excited about this move.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 19 - 7:10 AM

Crystal Palace made an improved bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, but the Reds still feel the Eagles are short on price and turned down the offer.

After trying to land the Belgian for £25 million flat earlier this summer, the Eagles came back with a £30 million offer, £23 million up front and another £7 million in add-ons. Palace just pocketed £30 million from the sale of Yannick Bolasie to Everton and are looking to turn around and spend it on big name striker. The Reds purchased Benteke for £32.5 million a season ago and he did nothing last season that should merit an increase in value, so £30 million seems a reasonable offer. They reportedly want a restructured deal with more money up front. West Brom are still linked to Benteke, but a move there looks to be more unlikely. Surely, Liverpool cannot be too thrifty here. They have an attack that scored four goals over the weekend without Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings or Divock Origi starting. They simply need to sell Benteke and absorb a potential minor net loss from his purchase a season ago.
Source: Telegraph
Aug 16 - 6:33 AM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he expects forward Christian Benteke to leave the club this summer but only for the right price.

Said the German manager: "Everyone knows about it. Christian has already said maybe it makes sense to go to another club. Christian is still a really great striker. We have a few more strikers and I think it makes more sense to give them match time. But if there are clubs that want a real striker than they have to make real offers otherwise we will find solutions." Crystal Palace and even Everton has been linked with a move for the Belgian, who has not been able to fit into Klopp's system since the manager's arrival. But rumors suggest the club is holding out for the £32.5 million it paid Aston Villa last summer for Benteke.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 5 - 6:53 PM

Several former Liverpool starters are not expected to last the summer with Jurgen Klopp eyeing a leaner squad ahead of the season.

While Liverpool is looking to add a couple more players, most notably FC Augbsurg defender Ragnar Klavan in a £4 million move expected this week, reports claim that Christian Benteke, Lucas, Adam Bogdan, Tiago Ilori, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic are all set for the exit door at Anfield or risk not even making the squad, Klopp said. "It makes no sense to stay in the squad and be in the squad when you don't have a real opportunity to play. When there's no chance to play, it makes absolutely no sense. We have a few players, maybe, who want to leave us and I'm pretty sure that will happen. And one or two more players will join us from other clubs.
Source: Mirror
Jul 18 - 7:41 PM

According to reports, Crystal Palace is making a strong push to sign Liverpool forward Christian Benteke this summer.

Crystal Palace saw its initial bid of £25 million rejected by Liverpool this weekend, but the clubs remain in talks over a transfer fee. Liverpool is reportedly ready to sell the former Aston Villa forward after failing to break in to manager Jurgen Klopp's plans this season, but is asking for around £30 million in order to recoup most of the £32.5 million spent on the Belgian international last summer. In all, Benteke scored 10 goals last season in all competitions, mostly while Brendan Rodgers was still manager.
Source: ESPN
Jul 3 - 6:10 PM

Christian Benteke has stated that he wants to talk to Jurgen Klopp and see what the manager's plans are and how he might fit into them before deciding on his preferred course of action this summer.

It has been widely speculated that Liverpool are likely to sell Christian Benteke and that Benteke likely wants to go. The Belgium international has said that the rumor mill has that wrong as he wants to see out his five year contract at Anfield if the manager has plans for him to be a productive member of the squad. It still seems likely that the best course of action for both sides is a move elsewhere (West Ham? Everton?) but Benteke isn't ready to concede the point yet.
Source: The Guardian
May 20 - 10:16 AM

Borussia Dortmund have beaten Liverpool and others to the signing of Rennes forward Ousmane Dembele.

Liverpool may have beaten Jurgen Klopp's former club in the Europa Club but the tables were turned in the transfer market as the German outfit have signed reported Reds target Ousmane Dembele from Rennes. With Christian Benteke likely leaving and Daniel Sturridge perpetually injured, Liverpool are likely to be on the hunt for another forward this summer and Dembele has often been linked with the Merseyside club. Apparently, the German clubs are just quicker off the mark than their Premier League rivals this summer with Bayern having beaten Manchester United to Renato Sanches and Dortmund having done the same with Dembele.
May 12 - 11:53 AM

Liverpool were able to salvage a point in their final home game of the season when Christian Benteke scored an equalizer in stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Jurgen Klopp named a strong side this evening that would appear to be a preview of what is to come in Liverpool's Europa League final and the Reds offered plenty of threat in the opening half hour. Unfortunately, for them, they could not convert any of their chances into goals and Chelsea would take the lead 32 minutes in. Chelsea looked the much stronger side from that point on, looking firmly in control as the game wore on in the second half. A couple of substitutes would come up big for Klopp though. Sheyi Ojo came on in the 90th minute and, two minutes into stoppage time, delivered a cross that Asmir Begovic could only palm into the path of fellow substitute Christian Benteke, who scored on an easy header. With the Europa League final a week from today, we will likely see another slew of changes by Klopp for the Reds final league game of the season against West Brom.
Source: NBC Sports
May 11 - 5:05 PM