Christian Benteke provides value for money in Premier League ROI ratings

    Christian Benteke has returned to form since joining Crystal Palace in August 2016.

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    • Benteke has won the most aerial duels in Europe's top five leagues
    • He has outscored all of his former Liverpool teammates

    (CNN)Once one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League, Christian Benteke is now rebuilding his reputation -- and market value -- at one of the English top flight's less glamorous teams.

    At the age of just 26, the Belgium international has already commanded career transfer fees of £66 million ($82 million), but in the past 12 months he had found himself in danger of becoming one of football's forgotten men.
      His future seemed bright after a £32.5 million ($40.3 million) move from Aston Villa to Liverpool -- making him the club's third most expensive signing -- but he rapidly fell out of favor following the arrival of German coach Jurgen Klopp in October 2015.
        After making just 14 league starts for the five-time European champion, scoring 10 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions last season, he was given a lifeline by Crystal Palace.
        The stats this season show Benteke is proving value for money after his club-record £27 million ($33.5 million) move -- which, if he meets performance clauses, will reportedly match his Liverpool fee.
        If Benteke was a square peg in a round hole at Anfield, where Klopp prefers more mobile forwards, early form suggests he's finding his fit as Palace's target-man -- see his stats below:

          Numbers game

          • Benteke has won the most aerial duels (121) in Europe's top five leagues. With almost three times as many as compatriot Romelu Lukaku of Everton (46), the 6-foot 3-inch (1.9-meter) striker is averaging over eight per game in the Premier League this season. As Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said before his side's clash with Palace in November: "Benteke in the box is unstoppable."