Aston Villa's deadline-day signing isn't even a household name in his own house, as Back of the Net's John Foster explains...
Days after Aston Villa sprung a surprise with their deadline-day swoop for little-known Belgian hitman Christian Benteke, questions have been asked among those hoping to discover exactly who he is, led by fans, journalists, and Benteke himself.
Ã¢ÂÂChristian Benteke? Never heard of him,Ã¢ÂÂ said 21-year-old Christian Benteke, from Belgium. Ã¢ÂÂSeven million pounds is a lot of money for someone who is essentially an unknown quantity. I hope Paul Lambert knows what heÃ¢ÂÂs doing, because from the outside looking in, this has the feel of a panic buy.Ã¢ÂÂ
Benteke is likely to go straight into LambertÃ¢ÂÂs squad for this weekendÃ¢ÂÂs clash with Swansea, and after a deflating start to the new season, the Villa Park faithful are excited about seeing their new signing in action.
Ã¢ÂÂMost people donÃ¢ÂÂt really follow the Belgian league, and I guess IÃ¢ÂÂm no exception,Ã¢ÂÂ Benteke told FourFourTwo.com. Ã¢ÂÂWhat will I bring to the side? Am I ready for the first team? Can I play alongside Darren Bent? Your guess is as good as mine. IÃ¢ÂÂm looking forward to showing everyone what I can do, especially myself.Ã¢ÂÂ
Benteke: In this picture somewhere
In common with the majority of football fans, Benteke has had to research himself on Wikipedia.
Ã¢ÂÂSo apparently I started at Standard LiÃÂ¨ge, moved to Genk after a couple of years, then back to LiÃÂ¨ge, then back to Genk. You have to wonder what the story is there. Oh, and IÃ¢ÂÂve been played five times for Belgium. Hmm. If I was really ready for the Premier League, youÃ¢ÂÂd think it would be more, wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt you?Ã¢ÂÂ
Ultimately, however, Benteke is confident that he will prove a success in the Midlands.
Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve got a Villa shirt printed with Ã¢ÂÂBentekeÃ¢ÂÂ written across the back, and IÃ¢ÂÂll be following my progress with interest,Ã¢ÂÂ he said. Ã¢ÂÂNo-oneÃ¢ÂÂs keener than me for me to score some goals, build a reputation, and eventually start referring to myself in the third person.Ã¢ÂÂ
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