N'Zogbia 'can be Villa great'

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Alex McLeish believes Charles N'Zogbia has all the attributes to go down in the annals of Aston Villa history as one of the club's finest ever players.

However, says the Villa boss, the French winger has yet to display his supreme talents to the Villa faithful since his big-money summer move from Wigan.

McLeish splashed out £9.5 million to lure N'Zogbia away from the DW Stadium, but the 25-year-old has failed to register a single goal or assist in 13 appearances this season.

N'Zogbia did, though, have a comeback of sorts at the weekend as Villa won 2-1 against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

And McLeish now hopes N'Zogbia can fulfil his potential as an Aston Villa player sooner rather than later.

"I think at the end of last season he had a phenomenal run when he was trying to stay in the Barclays Premier League with Wigan and he showed what a big player he was then," the Scot told avfc,

"We were hoping he'd hit the ground running here and continue in that vein. And there have been some good games and we are waiting for him to really ignite.

"The game against Bolton was a step in the right direction.

"He was great. We are looking for him to be a great Aston Villa player and that should be his goal, it's not about the finer things in life - cars, houses, it's about prestige, being a top player, playing well at a top club and that's got to be the goal for every player.

"Charles gave us that performance we are used to seeing from him over the years. We are looking for that every week and when you get that kind of consistency you can be called a top player.

"I think Charles has good belief in himself and it's really about the fire or desire to do that every single week."

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