Villa’s new speed king is a man in a hurry

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Charles N'Zogbia has hailed the beginning of his Aston Villa career as 'perfect' after opening his account during Saturday's friendly draw with Sporting Braga.

N'Zogbia netted his first Villa goal against the Portuguese opposition to begin his career at Villa Park with a bang following this summer's big money move from Wigan Athletic.

And The Frenchman believes his early success is down to how quickly he's settled in with his teammates in the Midlands.

"The quicker I am able to settle in, the better it will be for me and the team because I will be able to contribute," he said.

"So it was good to be able to get on the ball and make my mark quickly with the goal. For me, personally, it was the perfect start to what I hope will be a fulfilling career at Villa.

"I don't want to waste any time. The season is about to start and I want to contribute right away in my new team. I want to get on well with my new teammates and I want to give 100 per cent in every game."

Despite seeing Martin O'Neil resign as Villa boss just days before the start of the season, the Villains were able to achieve a top half finish under Gerard Houllier last term.

However, the club suffered more heartache this summer, following a raft of departures including Houllier, goalkeeper Brad Friedel and wing pair Stewart Downing and Ashley Young.


The appointment of Alex McLeish as manager was proceeded by the signings of Shay Given and N'Zogbia, and the 25-year-old insists Villa can succeed this season in the face of adversity.

"We have some really good players and, for me, it's great to be playing alongside Jean II Makoun and Stiliyan Petrov, Gabby Agbonlahor, Emile Heskey and Darren Bent," he added.

"We have quality players who can pass the ball well and this was good for me, helping me to fit into the team and feel at home in the team instantly.

"I think we will create many opportunities together during the course of the season and hopefully we can achieve something. This is our goal."

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