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Persistence the key for N'Zogbia

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Charles N'Zogbia admits he has endured a frustrating start to his Aston Villa career, as he feels constrained by manager Alex McLeish's current approach to play him in the wrong position.

The 25-year-old Frenchman maintains that he will accept any decision made by the Villa boss, but would prefer to be deployed down the opposite flank.

N'Zogbia produced a number of impressive displays on the right-wing for Wigan last season, earning himself a summer switch to Villa Park, but has so far struggled to reproduce his best form on the left-hand side of midfield.

"The last two seasons for me were great," he is quoted in The Times. "I was playing on the right side, where I'm really confident, but now I'm playing more on the left.


 

"I can be an exciting player - if you play me in the right position. If you want to get the most of me, I can do more from the right. I can kill any left-back.

"I think I will get more freedom as the team progresses. We are learning as a team. But I have to accept what the manager wants from me and do my best."

N'Zogbia revealed how he has found the change in style of play a difficult transition to make under McLeish, but insists he will stick by it, and strive to improve his performances for the team.

"We have to stick to what the manager wants, play the football he wants to play and make it work," he explained.

"Those details are really not easy to work at because I'm the kind of player who likes to be on the ball wherever as here it's a bit more direct.

"Last year I was on top of my game because Wigan had much more possession. Here we want to hit the striker straightaway instead of having more passes first. That's why it's a bit hard at the minute but we're working at it."

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