Aston Villa supporters on Twitter have called for the return of Christian Benteke after they were thrashed 6-1 by Manchester City on Sunday.

Dean Smith, who has an injury-hit squad, had to play without a striker and a false number nine during their defeat to the Premier League champions.

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Following Wesley’s season-ending injury against Burnley on New Year’s Day, it has forced the Midlands outfit to search for a new forward in the market as they don’t currently have a bonafide striker at their disposal.

The Telegraph previously claimed that Villa are interested in re-signing their former striker, Benteke, who is currently at Crystal Palace.

Despite Benteke’s alarming drop in form during these past few seasons, Villa fans are keen for him to make a return as the club are suffering without a target man up top.

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Benteke made a name for himself during his days at Villa Park, but ever since his departure in 2015, he has struggled to find the back of the net on a regular basis, both at Liverpool and currently Selhurst Park.

If Villa were to push for the 29-year-old’s signature then it would be a huge risk because his record in England’s top-flight, other than at Villa, has been pretty woeful.

But that seemingly hasn’t put off some Villa supporters who want him to sign, especially after they witnessed their team struggle without a focal point during their thrashing of the Premier League champions over the weekend.

Villa do need a striker but it would be a dangerous road for the club do go down if they manage to get the Beglian to put pen-to-paper.

Here is a selection of Villa fans on Twitter wanting Benteke’s return:

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