Christian Benteke goes into tonight's game on the back of five goals in five games and Sam Allardyce puts two goals away on international duty as a turning point that started seeing the confidence levels rise again in the striker's game.
With an injury list that has been giving the manager selection headaches since he arrived in January he admires the way that the 26 year old striker has taken the lead role to help Palace's push for top flight survival.
duty when he came back from scoring two for Belgium in Russia. Being away for his country seemed to give him a lift and he has been our lone available striker with the injuries to Connor Wickham, Fraizer Campbell and Loic Remy.international"Christian Benteke was the leading goalscorer when I arrived and looking back I noticed a resurgence after his
"He therefore has done a magnificent job, he came under criticism when I first arrived but he wasn’t alone in that which had to be accepted based on where the side were in the table. Now though he has come through to push on with 14 Premier League goals and an improved performance overall and long may that continue.
"He is having a fantastic season as he did at Aston Villa, what we don’t want to happen is for him to be our leading goalscorer in a team struggling to get us out of trouble at the bottom of the Premier League but we want his goals to get us up to a top half position if possible."