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Villa v Sunderland: Lambert - Westwood in same mould as Scholes
Ashley Westwood praised ahead of Black Cats clash.
29th Nov 2013
Villa v Sunderland: Lambert - Westwood in same mould as Scholes


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Paul Lambert reckons midfield "engine driver" Ashley Westwood could be Villa's answer to Paul Scholes.

Plaudits have flooded in for Westwood since his stunning strike earned the claret and blues a draw at West Brom on Monday.

And Lambert says the goal was a fitting reward for a player who has excelled since making the step up from League One side Crewe Alexandra last term.

The 23-year-old's performances have brought about comparisons with Manchester United legend Paul Scholes and current Red Devils midfielder Michael Carrick.

Lambert agrees that Westwood is in a similar mould because he "makes the engine work" for his team.

"I would say he's in that mould," said the Villa boss.

"I read somewhere he likes Michael Carrick too. Those are two not bad lads to look at.

"They're two fabulous footballers. Westy will always be his own man but there's nothing wrong with looking at those two.

"You need somebody like him to make the engine work really and that's what he does.

"He makes it tick over. He's a really brainy footballer, really intelligent footballer with great awareness around him.

"He's 23 years old with hopefully his best years in front of him."

Lambert says Westwood's discipline, awareness and composure make him stand out.

He insists the midfielder's willingness to do the "simple stuff" is an underestimated quality.

"You've got to have somebody disciplined to do that, to put the team before themselves," Lambert added.

"I think Westy is like that. He'll put the team before himself. He'll make a five-yard pass where everybody thinks it's a nothing pass but I know how important those little passes can be.

"It's probably the hardest ball in the game because nobody wants to play it, everybody wants to be good and hit an 80-yard pass but he'll do simple things. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is be simple.

"He'll go and take the ball into places where some people won't want to because of the pressure of the crowd.

"He'll take the ball anywhere on the pitch which is a big thing to do at certain times."

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