Delaney: Benteke needs better service

Damien Delaney says that, while new Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is an excellent player, he will need better service if he is to succeed at the club.

The Belgium international's move from Liverpool was finalised on Saturday, and he is expected to make his debut against Blackpool in the League Cup on Tuesday.

Palace manager Alan Pardew will be hoping that the arrival of Benteke will boost his side's effectiveness in front of goal, after failing to score in both opening fixtures of the new Premier League season.

Benteke's new teammate Delaney has, however, urged his teammates not to expect the striker to make a meaningful contribution if they are not able to provide him with chances.

"He'll bring a presence," the defender told reporters.

"He's a handful and we've got Connor Wickham as well so we have two very good centre forwards. Now it's time we stopped talking about things and started winning games," he continued.

"[But] we're not signing Messi – he's a good player but he's not a player who is going to get the ball and make things happen.

"We have to get some ammunition for him and get some crosses in the box and give him a supply. 

"You can say we're not scoring goals but we're not creating a whole lot of chances which also comes back to the midfielders and defenders getting better service to the front players," the Republic of Ireland international added.

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