Premier League: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert hails Dutchman Leandro Bacuna
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says Dutch utility player Leandro Bacuna has proved himself as another bargain buy.
Last Updated: 23/11/13 2:21pm
Bacuna, 22, has won widespread plaudits for his dynamic performances on Villa's right flank while also building a reputation as a free-kick specialist.
He moved to Birmingham from FC Groningen on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee in June.
"Leo's come in and he's new to us, he's got that freshness about him," said the Scot ahead of Monday's west midlands derby at West Brom.
"At the moment he's playing really, really well for us. And he's hitting the free-kicks like he's done it all of his life.
"We work on free-kicks and he hits his fair share. To be fair to him, he scores more often than not. He's scored two out of two, so his percentage is pretty high!
"He didn't cost much but Westy (Ashley Westwood) was probably cheaper. Matt Lowton too. Antonio Luna's the same.
"When you look at it and the figures that are bandied about, some of my players must be getting a back-hander because the deals were for nowhere near that level of money!
"I don't know where the figures get bandied about from. It makes me laugh because it's nowhere near that."
After scoring his second free-kick of the season in the 2-0 win over Cardiff last time out, Lambert was asked if the assured former FC Groningen player may be given penalty-taking duties instead of Christian Benteke.
"Listen, he might do if he can get the ball off Christian!" Lambert said.
"Then he might step up. I don't know, I just leave it to the lads, if they're confident enough to hit them. Like the free-kick situation, if Leo is confident then I'm pretty sure he'd be in there trying to score."
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