By Gabriel Agbonlahor

12th Apr, 2022 | 6:07pm

Aston Villa tipped to sign 'next Christian Beneteke' after confirmed news - Agbonlahor

Gabby Agbonlahor has tipped Aston Villa to sign the new Christian Benteke this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Aston Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer claimed the club need a third striker with a strong physical presence and an eye for goal.

Cameron Archer, 20, and Kienan Davis, 24, moved to Preston North End and Nottingham Forest on loan in January and both have been in fine goalscoring form.

As quoted by Birmingham Live on Saturday (9 April), Steven Gerrard revealed he wants more striker options and will assess Archer in pre-season.

But Agbonlahor has claimed the manager will want a more proven option to compliment Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Steven Gerrard will be watching every game and getting a lot of intel on how they are both playing.

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“All they can do is keep playing well and scoring goals at their loan clubs, come back in pre-season and push on again. Pre-season is where they can put their case forward.

“I do think Gerrard will be looking for an experienced striker who can score goals and hold the ball up. I like Watkins and Ings but I feel he will be looking at another striker with that physical presence.

“It can’t just be physical presence because Wesley has that but he can’t run or score. Gerrard will be looking at a physical presence with speed, good link-up play and an eye for goal.

“Is that striker available? If Gerrard is going to find one he’s going to be in touch with his scouts and find a bargain.

“Look at Christian Benteke who Villa got quite cheap.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Aston Villa could sign the next ‘Cesc Fabregas’ as the owners are set for talks in Portugal.