Five ways Nicklas Helenius will improve Aston Villa

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Aston Villa seem to have captured a potential bargain in the form of 22-year-old striker Nicklas Helenius.

The club announced yesterday they have agreed a deal with Aalborg which will see the player join the club officially as soon as the transfer window opens next month.

It’s a great piece of early business by Paul Lambert because Helenius is a player who can help their attack in several ways.

Height

His height is immense at six feet and five inches tall, which will give the club a very imposing frontline if they manage to keep Christian Benteke and play the pair of them together.

It’s important that Villa can take an intimidating edge into games next season because many didn’t take them seriously last year when they started playing lots of youngsters in their side.

Power

His height also means he’ll have a great deal of power and strength, which is important for him in being able to adapt to Premier League football.

That power should allow him to dominate smaller defenders, he can drift onto those players and be an outlet for the club. It should also give him an edge in the final third, in situations where he needs to outmuscle opponents.

Style

He’s a big enough front man for Villa to be able to hit the ball long and for him to hold it up.

That’s important for the club when it comes to releasing pressure from the defence. There were numerous examples last year when they struggled to do that with two defenders on top of Benteke before he could even move.

Goals

He arrives with a strike rate of roughly one goal in every two games in domestic football last season.

He’s more than just a ‘lump’ and his goal tally means he should be good enough to fit in with the purer way Aston Villa like to play their football and if he can maintain it, it should help to take some of the pressure away from Benteke.

Desire

He’s a very young man and he’ll have the desire and determination to lead the Aston Villa attack.

Of course he’ll be aware of Benteke’s status and aura at the club but he should have his own ambitions to follow the Belgian’s impact last season. It’s also important for him to maintain a lot of desire to prolong his international career.

All in all, it looks like a superb piece of business on the part of the club.

How do you think Helenius will do at Villa Park?

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