May 13, 2021

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Benteke unfazed by Ayew and Zaha competition at Crystal Palace

The Belgian star is determined to retain his place as the Eagles’ main forward in the Premier League

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke reveals he pushes himself to the limit every time in his attempt to beat competition from teammate Jordan Ayew.

These two, along with loaned Chelsea star Michy Batshuayi, Ivory Coast ace Wilfried Zaha and new Palace signing Jean Philippe Mateta, are in a fierce competition for the first strike team at Selhurst Park.

Benteke seems to be living his dream as he has been rewarded with a starting spot in club matches lately.

“[There is] competition with Jordan [Ayew] and Wilf [Zaha], so with Mateta being a new addition, that doesn’t change the way I challenge myself in every game, in every training session, “said the former Liverpool forward, who has five Premier League goals so far. present this quarter, at Palace, official site.

“It’s a good thing because it gives me a lot of options, but at the same time you have to perform well to maintain a stable place.

“I think [our aim is] to finish as high as possible because we have the talent, we have the squad, we have the experience and we have the players.

“So now it’s up to us. [Personally], I want us to finish strong and try to do my best, maybe go to the Euros with the Belgium team.

Ayew recently lost his role as Palace’s first choice striker but should be happy to be offered a place in the starting XI on the wings.

It hasn’t been the best of seasons for the Ghanaian star who has so far scored only once in 25 league appearances involving 18 starts so far.

His lone strike came in a 4-1 win over Leeds United in November.

Last season, the 29-year-old scored nine goals in 37 Premier League appearances for the Eagles.

His journey saw him complete the tenure as the club’s top scorer and was named MVP.

Despite his difficulties in front of goal this season, the former Marseille should be named to the Ghanaian squad for the next 2021 Africa Cup of Nations matches against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe on 25 and March 28 respectively.