With the German tour coming to an end, Lambert’s summer signings are ready to take on English opposition. But just how well have his new signings fared so far? Let’s have a look.
The big Dane has been one of the stand out players so far out of Lambert’s summer signings. The striker shone on the German tour, scoring two goals in three games, and he could well have added more. He is not afraid to put himself in front of defenders , as we seen with both of his near post headers against Rodinghausen and VFL Bochum.
It took Helenius only 10 combined minutes on the pitch to score both of his goals in the respective games, showing that he does not need much time to adapt to the game. His first goal at Rodinghausen took only six minutes after coming on as a second half substitute. His second goal at the Powerstadion against Bochum came just two minutes into the second half, again the Danish forward was used as a second half substitute.
It will be interesting to see if Helenius can keep up his fine form going into the pre-season games which will be played here in England. Will Helenius be able to adapt to the English game which is said to be a lot more physical than any other country, let’s hope so.
One thing we learnt about Tonev during our tour in Germany is that his attacking spirit is next to none. The boy loves to get forward and will run at defenders whenever he gets the chance, which is very positive and great to see form a fans perspective.
Another thing that was noted is that the Bulgarian is not afraid to have a pop at goal whenever he gets a sight, although some of his shots were a bit wild at times, bearing in mind that it was only his first few games of the season and players are a bit rusty.
I am very optimistic of what Tonev can deliver in the Premier League. His eagerness to run at defenders and get to the by-line will have fans on the edge of their seat, however, the question is can he deliver an end product?
Like Tonev, Bacuna loves to run at defenders. He is your typical winger, very pacy and can whip in a dangerous ball when needed.
Bacuna picked up an assist in the 1-1 draw with Bochum when his floated near post cross found the head of Helenius after checking back neatly to find the space to curl the ball into the box.
I think Bacuna could be a dark horse when it comes to the rest of pre-season, he has been fairly quiet so far but has shone in small doses, I really look forward to seeing what he can deliver.
The speedy Spanish left back has no fear when it comes to bombing down the left flank. He was exceptional during the German tour and already looks like he could take Joe Bennett’s place at left back next season.
One of the highlights of his performances on tour was his magnificent surging run against Rodinghausen which seen him beat three or four players with his quick change in speed and rapid acceleration.
Villa have been crying out for a left back which can do what Matt Lowton does, but on the other side, and I think that Luna could well be the answer.
Not much has been seen of this young centre back, due to him picking up a hamstring injury against Rodinghausen in the first game of the German tour.
From what we did see him play in this game, he looked very solid at the back and very pacy for a defender, he has the pace of a striker (maybe not the same pace as Gabby.)
Okore will be one to look out for next season and I feel that he will slot in nicely beside Vlaar at the back. He is the solid CB we have been looking for to partner the Dutchman. Remember Villa fans, he rejected Chelsea before he came to us, which shows the youingster has bags of potential.
Signed from Paul Lambert’s former club Norwich, Steer looks like he could be a real prospect between the sticks.The young goalkeeper is a brilliant shot stopper and his cat like reactions suggest why he was brought into the squad.
One of the highlights on tour for me was his save in the first game against Rodinghausen, when their striker went one on one with steer, he saved brilliantly with his outstretched leg to deny Rodinghausen from winning the game late on.
I don’t think Steer is ready to replace Guzan as the American was brilliant last season, but he will certainly provide good backup and is one to watch in the future. Steer’s addition to the squad also means that we can offload Given and reduce the wage bill.
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