Lambert’s lust for legs at Villa
ASTON VILLA manager Paul Lambert insists his side will have more energy this term.
The Scot has added plenty of pace over the summer, with wingers Aleksandar Tonev and Leandro Bacuna, plus left-back Antonio Luna, all arriving.
And Lambert feels they will make all the difference in laying on the goals for Christian Benteke and co.
He said: “Even last year I thought there were goals in the team. We’ve tried to enhance it. We’re trying to build something here and it’s not going to happen overnight, I know that.
“But what we’ve done is bring in people who have got legs.
“We’ve got legs in the side. That’s important in modern football and the way we play is a high-intensity game.
“You need players who can do that and over pre-season the players have been excellent.” Lambert (right) feels the Villa Park faithful have already taken to Bulgarian international Tonev, ex-FC Groningen star Bacuna and former Seville man Luna.
He added: “We’ve progressed. That’s all you can ask for. You can certainly hear the crowd – they are right behind them.
“They can see what is happening, which is always a good barometer of how far you have come. They can see the team is full of energy.
“Tonev has speed. He has not played much at all. It was a big ask for him to come in on Saturday against Malaga, but I was delighted with his contribution.
“He is very gifted with both feet. He is only a young lad coming here and he’s got to learn the culture as well. But he’s done fine.”