Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: 'Christian Benteke is going to be a big player'

Lambert: 'Benteke will get better'
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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes that striker Christian Benteke still has room for improvement and will become "a big player" in the future.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has described Belgium international Christian Benteke's goals against Swindon Town as "world class".

The 21-year-old striker scored twice at the County Ground on Tuesday as Villa defeated Swindon 3-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

"Benteke has had a quality start [at Villa] but his game wasn't up to my standards," Lambert is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

"His two goals were world-class finishes but you set yourself a standard and we've got to keep him up to that standard.

"Why did he fell short? I don't know. But he has been brilliant since he came here and I think he will get better. He is only 21 and has been a pleasure to work with. He is going to be a big player and plays in a brilliant Belgium team."

The League Cup quarter-finals draw will be made on Wednesday.

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the winner for Aston Villa
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