Aston Villa latest: Milik, more Aussies and Di Canio mockery

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Aston Villa have been linked with 18 year old Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik, who has scored 6 goals in 9 games in Poland’s top flight. Villa are likely to face competition from the likes of Everton, Inter, Lyon and Anderlecht. The striker has already been tipped as the next Polish star, drawing comparisons to his compatriot Robert Lewandowski.

Villa are also said to be interested in Ba. Not the Premier Leagues current top scorer Demba Ba, but Porto centre back Abdoulaye Ba. Like the Newcastle striker he is Senalgalese, but of more interest is his imposing 6ft 6in height. It maybe a worry however, that the giant centre back has yet to play a game for Porto.

Two more Australians have joined Villa’s growing contingent, joining Herd and Holman. Swapping the sun for the smog of Birmingham are Jordan Lyden and Tom Strain. Lyden can play anywhere in defence or midfield, his versatility has already caused him to be likened to Chris Herd, who he one day hopes to emulate by progressing to the first team. Lyden played at right back for Villa against Celtic in the recent NextGen series. Strain is a 16 year old striker.

In the wake of Aston Villa’s 3-2 win over Swindon Town, in last night’s ‘Capital One’ Cup, both sides managers have found time to criticise the ‘Claret and Blues.’ Despite scoring two goals, Villa boss Lambert has admitted that he was disappointed with the Belgian striker’s performance. "Benteke has had a quality start at Villa but his game wasn't up to my standards,"

"His two goals were world-class finishes but you set yourself a standard and we've got to keep him up to that. Why did he fall short? I don't know.” 

"But he has been brilliant since he came here and he will get better. He is only 21 and has been a pleasure to work with. He is going to be a big player."

Swindon’s madcap manager Paolo Di Canio was somewhat blunter with his assessment of Villa’s performance. Never one to take defeat well, the Italian mocked Villa fans by gesturing, several times, that his team were going up and that Villa were going down. Di Canio has tried to defuse his actions by claiming that he was simply pointing out that the Swindon fans had been louder than Villa’s. It can be argued that his signals are open to interpretation, much like I will be interpreting that last night it was Paul Lambert that had the liberty of formicating with Madonna.

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