Nicklas Helenius prepared to be versatile at Aston Villa

The giant Denmark international admits his favoured position is playing behind the striker but is willing to play in various positions in order to help out his new team
Aston Villa striker Nicklas Helenius admits he is willing to play in any position if it means he can experience first-team football in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old arrived at Villa Park on a three-year deal from Aalborg BK earlier this week in a deal which sees him become the fourth of five signings made by Paul Lambert at the club so far this summer.

Helenius faces competition from the in-demand Christian Benteke for a place up front and, despite admitting his favoured position is in a role behind the striker, confesses he is happy to play in any position he is required to fill.

"They [Aston Villa] see me playing different positions rather than just as a striker as the experts say," Helenius told Danish newspaper Bold.

"They think I'm fast enough to play on the wing and I agree. I'm also able to play in the hole behind the striker.

"Personally I've always seen myself as a player in the hole behind the striker because of my finishing ability outside the area and Villa sees me the same way, as a flexible striker.

"But my main aim is first team football and I enjoy playing any position."