ALEX LEFT HOL OF A GIFT, SAYS LAMBERT
PAUL LAMBERT reckons Alex McLeish has left Aston Villa a parting gift in Brett Holman.
McLeish became public enemy No.1 around Villa Park before being sacked after a disastrous stint in charge last season.
But Australia ace Holman was signed for this season on a Bosman from AZ Alkmaar in March under McLeish’s watch.
And new Villa boss Lambert admits he could not be happier that the 28-year-old, who is keeping out £9.5million Charles N’Zogbia, has fallen into his lap.
Holman has caught the eye in Villa’s early games and was named their player of the month for September.
Lambert said: “If Alex McLeish scouted Brett, then it’s great credit to him because he’s doing great for the club.
“I don’t know if he had other offers from the Premier League before, but Aston Villa are fortunate to have him.
“He has done great, he’s got energy to burn
PRAISE: Lambert and I’m really happy with the way he’s playing.
“He’s got great desire and enthusiasm and if he keeps going the way he’s going he’ll have a really good season.
“I always think if creative players can make things happen and score a goal or maybe slide the odd ball through, then you’ve got a player on your hands.
“He’s been unlucky not to score. Ben Foster made two saves from him last week that were unbelievable.
“But Brett’s playing really, really well.
“It’s important we share the goals around. We need that threat but Brett’s all-round game is good at the minute, really good.”