El Ahmadi praises new Aston Villa signings Bertrand & Holt

The left-back and striker, who joined Villa Park on loan until the end of the season from Chelsea and Wigan respectively, impressed their new team-mate against Liverpool
Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi was impressed with the efforts of new signings Ryan Bertrand and Grant Holt at Liverpool on Saturday.

Villa were unlucky not to walk away with all three points at Anfield after Liverpool fought back from two goals to draw 2-2 and deprive the Villans of victory.

Both Bertrand and Holt – signed on loan for the rest of the season from Chelsea and Wigan respectively – played a part and El Ahmadi has tipped them to make a big impact at the club.

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"The new boys were excellent at Liverpool," the Moroccan told Aston Villa's official website.

"Bertrand is a top player. His quality speaks for itself. He played in the Champions League final for Chelsea.

"You could see his quality directly in the game. Everyone who watched him at Anfield saw how good he is. He looked very comfortable.

"And you must remember that he only trained with us the day before the match. He's still young too so for that age, he is very, very good and will only get better.

"Holt is very experienced and when he came on at Anfield he was very vocal and encouraging with the rest of the team, giving advice to the players on the pitch," he added.

"It's good to have lads like that in there. He has a real fighting spirit too. He's got a winning mentality.

"He was motivating us throughout his time on the pitch. We lost Gabby (Agbonlahor) but Holty came on and did very good for us."