Paul Lambert: Holt and Benteke strike partnership could work

The Aston Villa boss does not believe that the Englishman, newly loaned in from Wigan, would be unable to gel with the Belgian, despite their similarly physical styles
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert feels that loan signing Grant Holt could be a good strike partner for Christian Benteke.

The Scot reunited with his former Norwich City charge on Tuesday, recruiting him temporarily from Wigan, and could hand the 32-year-old a debut against Liverpool.

Despite both forwards' physical approach, Lambert sees no reason not to pair them together and is happy with the variety of options available to him.

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"I have no doubt about that," he told the club's official website if the two could partner up. "They used to say the same about Grant Holt and Steve Morison. They used to say they couldn't play together [but] the two of them were a handful for me at Norwich.

"I wouldn't have a problem with playing Christian and Grant together. I think they would bring a physicality to things.

"When you look at their physicality allied to Gabby [Agbonlahor]'s speed and Andi [Weimann]'s endeavour, there are a lot of options there."

Holt echoed the Villa boss's positivity, enthusing: "[Benteke] is a great player. He's a fantastic player. It's another big year for him. I am sure he will come on in leaps and bounds.

"You have Gabby also, one of the quickest I have seen. He can stretch anyone in the division and there's Andi too, who has great effort and endeavour and can score goals, no doubt.

"We have some talented players. I am sure we will get goals."