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The 22-year-old has notched 15 goals in 28 appearances so far in his debut Premier League season, and his team-mate has hailed his impact at the relegation-threatened club

Gabby Agbonlahor has hailed Aston Villa’s top goalscorer Christian Benteke as "one of the best" players he has ever played with.

The 22-year-old has been a big hit for the Midlands club this season, scoring 15 goals in his 28 appearances for the relegation-threatened side since joining from Genk in a £7 million deal.

Agbonlahor has featured in 19 games this season, scoring just five goals, but is happy to play second fiddle to the Belgium international as the club look to avoid the drop.

"He's having a great first season in the Premier League and he's only going to get better for us with each successive season he's here," Agbonlahor told the club’s official website.

"For me he's one of the best. He's come into the league and no-one knew much about him. He's just adapted.

"A lot of teams in the Premier League would love to have him in their side. He works hard in training. Look at the way he plays the game . His composure is excellent, he has presence as a big guy and he has quite a bit of pace.

"Every aspect of his game top quality. He's learning his trade here and he's enjoying his football here."

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