Paul Lambert reckons new signing Simon Dawkins has the potential to "surprise a lot of people" during his loan spell at Villa.
Dawkins is ready to go straight into the squad for Saturday's clash at Everton after joining on a temporary basis from Tottenham Hotspur.
The 25-year-old arrives in B6 as something of an unknown quantity, having played all of his competitive football over the last couple of seasons in the MLS with San Jose Earthquakes.
Having tracked the attacking midfielder's progress during his stateside spell, Lambert believes he can be a surprise package for the claret and blues.
"He is a good player, Dawkins," the Villa chief said.
"If you look at his story, it is a great story, going from Spurs to San Jose.
"For the last couple of years he has been excellent over there and the MLS I think is a very underrated league when you look at it.
"He will give us something a bit different.
"Dawkins will be a surprise to a lot of people - just the way he plays the game.
"I think he will create things and make things happen.
"He can play anywhere, which is good. He has had a spell out in America where he has been incredible.
"The lad is on loan and an unknown is sometimes a good thing because a lot of people won't know him."
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