By Rob Bishop
Paul Lambert is convinced it won't be long before Brett Holman opens his Villa scoring account.
The Villa boss expressed his surprise that the hard-working Holman hasn't already put his name on the score sheet.
But he has backed the Australian midfielder - who won the club's player of the month award for September - to add goals to his all-action performances.
"He's been unlucky not to score," said Lambert.
"Ben Foster's two saves in the West Brom game were unbelievable.
"But Brett's playing really, really well at this time. He's not shy to have a shot on goal and he's a creative player.
"I always think if creative players can make things happen and score a goal or maybe slide the odd ball through, then you've got a player on your hands.
"It's important we share the goals around. We need that threat but Brett's all-round game is good at the minute, really good.
"He has done great; he's got energy to burn. I'm really happy with the way he's playing
"He's been brilliant, and he's a top lad as well. If he keeps going the way he's going he'll have a really good season.
"He's got a great desire for the game, a great enthusiasm for the game."
The Villa boss also acknowledged the part played by former manager Alex McLeish in bringing the Australia international to Villa Park from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.
Holman signed a pre-contract agreement in March, although the club had undergone a managerial change by the time he arrived.
"If Alex McLeish scouted him then it's great credit to him because he's doing great for the club," said Lambert.
"I don't know if Brett had offers from the Premier League before, he might have done.
"Maybe teams did go in for him, I'm not so sure. But Aston Villa are fortunate to have him."
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