Crystal Palace’s signing of striker Jonathan Benteke was a bit of a head scratcher.
Eclipsed by his older brother Christian by far, the 22-year-old forward came to England as an extremely unknown entity, and will leave Crystal Palace exactly the same having struggled to make an impact at the club following a knee injury that ruled him out for an extended period.
Some may say that Palace only brought the Belgian to the club to sweeten the deal for his brother, who joined in a club record deal in the same window.
Yes, Palace wanted to get the deal over the line to sign one of the Premier League’s best strikers, but a top flight club will not be held to ransom over player demands, so perhaps Palace did see something in the younger Benteke that convinced them to give him a chance in south London.
Alas, the knee injury halted the younger Benteke’s progress, and he will be a free agent this summer.
Although we did not see much of Jonathan – his one Palace appearance was a 6 minute cameo at Middlesbrough – we may not see the back of the less famous Benteke brother just yet.
Benteke is looking for a new club, and teams in the lower tiers of English football will be considering the player as a wildcard addition this summer.
One club Benteke could excel at is Peterborough United, and here’s why.
The Posh has developed a reputation for plucking forwards from non-league football and turning them into prolific goalscorers.
Craig Mackail-Smith, Aaron McLean, Dwight Gayle, and now Ricky Miller are a few of the names to have made a reputation for themselves in Cambridgeshire, and turned Peterborough a tidy profit in the process with their sell on fees.
One fan at London Road once told me that the sale of Gayle helped build a new stand.
If Peterborough can turn unknown entities from non-league football into stars, then they can certainly turn unknown Premier League entities into stars.
Peterborough should move for the player and consider playing him alongside the prolific Miller, who scored a remarkable 40 goals in the National League for Dover last season.
Players find their feet at London Road, and perhaps Benteke could be the latest man to achieve this with the Posh.
On a free transfer, Benteke is worth a punt as manager Grant McCann should consider taking a punt on the young Belgian forward.