ALEX LEFT HOL OF A GIFT, SAYS LAM­BERT

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 - By BREN­DAN MCLOUGH­LIN

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.

En­ergy

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.”

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