Lam­bert’s lust for legs at Villa

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By IAN BAKER

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.”

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