Even though Roy Hodgson decided to make a change from the bench during Monday’s defeat against Liverpool which saw Christian Benteke depart from the action, he said the decision was a tactical one and the boss is full of confidence it will not be too long before the striker adds to his top flight goals tally.
Benteke’s performance in the game was certainly not a factor in the change being made after his shift against the Belgian’s former club and speaking ahead of Sunday’s match at Watford the manager is hoping the 27 year-old gets the break that his play deserves.
“He’s working very hard and his performance in the game was good and he wasn’t subbed because of any particular wrong doings. It was chance to get some fresh legs on the field, our two front players had to work quite hard, as did the rest of the team, to control Liverpool as I thought we did. The substitution was good to get a similar player with fresh legs onto the field.” Said Hodgson but he realises the pressure that a top flight striker comes under in the Premier League.
“He is working very hard but he needs that break that all front players need and unfortunately when you are signed for big money and are a big name player if you are not scoring goals you are always going to be under that microscope and there is nothing we can really do to help him other than show our confidence in him and hope that the break will come and he will get the goal and hopefully that will lead to a flood of goals.”