Paul Lambert says he's relishing working with Aly Cissokho for the first time this week as he backed the powerful left-back to put himself in contention for Stoke on Saturday.
Cissokho was introduced to the claret and blue faithful at half-time against Parma and received a warm welcome.
Boss Lambert will link-up with Cissokho this morning at Bodymoor Heath and the manager believes the club have signed a "real asset".
He said: "Aly has been at some massive clubs and has that big-game experience.
"I think he did well at Liverpool. He also did great with Valencia. This will stand him in really good stead and stand us in good stead as well.
"We have a good player on our hands here. He can thrive.
"It will give him a boost being here as a permanent player too rather than being a loanee. I am looking forward to working with him.
"He is somebody I think will be a big asset. He's big, strong and powerful. He gives you a presence. He is also at a good age."
Cissokho is currently awaiting international clearance after he signed a four-year deal and Lambert is confident that won't be a problem.
He added: "That will be fine. He will train with us today. We will get him going.
"He will be ready. He has already played five games this pre-season. He will be ready."
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