Lambert not concerned over Benteke's barren run in front of goal

Lambert is backing Benteke during his six game run without a goal Photo: PA

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert does not have any concerns about Christian Benteke's recent dry spell despite the striker's six-game run without a goal.

The powerful Belgian is Villa's top scorer with five goals this season but is currently enduring a barren spell following a recent hip injury.

Benteke scored 23 last season in a highly impressive debut campaign in the Barclays Premier League and Lambert believes it is unreasonable to expect his forward to hit those heights every week.

"I don't have any concerns whatsoever," said the Scot ahead of Saturday's visit of Sunderland.

"Even if he's not scoring he's still a handful, Christian.

"He'll come through it. I said to him the other day 'you won't play every single game where you score every single goal'. He'll be fine. I know exactly what he's offering to the team so I don't worry about him.

"If you can show me one striker who scores in every game, every minute, then I'll look at it. There's no such thing. I don't have a problem."

Lambert added: "I'm not getting involved in comparing him to other strikers.

"I know the value he has to me and I'll let other people surmise how Christian Benteke rates."