Lambert backs new Aston Villa signing Sylla to make his mark

The 22-year-old Frenchman was thrust into first-team action as a second-half substitute against Everton and the Villa boss believes he will improve as he adapts to life in England
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes January deadline-day signing Yacouba Sylla will build on his debut appearance and only get better.

The £2 million signing from Clermont Foot appeared as a second-half substitute in the 3-3 draw against Everton on Saturday, and the former Norwich boss felt he handled the occasion well.

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Sylla was one of two players brought to the club on deadline day, alongside Simon Dawkins on loan from Tottenham, and Lambert insists that the midfielder will improve once he adapts to life in England and learns the language.

"He did alright considering he's only just come here," he told the club's official website.

"I think he's got loads of energy, which you need, and I thought he did really fine.

"That's the aim for him, to try and make his mark here, and we want him to get to learn the language as well.

"He's at a club where the expectancy level is a lot different to the one he's just left."