Everton v Villa: Sylla backed to bring steel to central ground
Yacouba Sylla has been backed to bring much-needed "steel" to Villa's midfield after completing a deadline-day move from Clermont Foot.
Manager Paul Lambert insists Sylla is raring to go in claret and blue - and he has backed the French midfielder to adapt quickly to the rigours of the Barclays Premier League.
Lambert says the 22-year-old - who is eligible to make his debut against Everton on Saturday - will provide the "bite" in the central ground that his team have been lacking in recent weeks.
"He is a strong lad that we think might add a bit of bite in the middle of the pitch," said the Villa boss.
"We needed someone like that in there and hopefully he can adapt quickly.
"The lad will come in and give us something we don't have - a bit of steel there.
"He is someone who I think is raring to go and do it.
"As I say, he will give us something we haven't got in the middle."
Sylla, who was tracked by a host of clubs while playing in France's Ligue 2, has been labelled as a 'midfield destroyer'.
However, Lambert is reluctant to place unnecessary pressure on the Frenchman by comparing him to other players.
"I don't compare - it is an unfair judgement saying he is going to be like somebody," added Lambert.
"He will be his own player and his own man, which is all I want him to do - just be yourself, don't be anybody else."
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