‘I miss Rome’ - £7m Aston Villa new boy Kozak

Libor Kozak was signed from Lazio on Transfer Deadline day. But it appears he is pining some what for his former home.

One of the deals on transfer deadline day, which took many by surprise, was the swoop of Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert to bring in Czech Republic international Libor Kozak from Lazio.

While the player has never made anything like a serious impact in Serie A he was the top goal-scorer in last seasons Europa League - so he certainly has goals in him.

Of course people will have their doubts, but not many had heard of last summer’s £7 million striker snapped up from KRC Genk - now Christian Benteke is a household name after his excellent first season with the club.

Which in itself presents a problem for Kozak, as Villa play with one up top - which will invariably be Benteke.

However the manager is certain Kozak will provide goals this season. Lambert stated on the subject of the potential impact of the new player:

“I know he can score goals. He’s a handful; he’s played in a league renowned for some of the hardest defending you can come up against… His goalscoring in the Europa League was incredible. I don’t know what happened at Lazio, what went on which meant he couldn’t get many starts in Serie A – but he knows where the goal is. I don’t bring players in to say: ‘You can sit on the bench for six months.’ He’s here to help and that’s what he’ll do.’’

So certainly a ringing appraisal from the gaffer on what he can bring to the team.

Kozak himself has also been speaking to local paper the Express and Star about his move and potential debut against Newcastle United this weekend.

He stated in the interview:

“I have already spoken with Paul Lambert, but only time will tell what my role will be. I will be sure to give my all whenever I am given an opportunity as playing in the Premier League is a dream of mine.’’

Perfect. That is the textbook response that football fans want to hear. Dream, give my all, opportunity - all regular buzz words of the Premier League newbie.

Then he went on to say this …

“But I have to say that I miss Rome.”

Of course he misses Rome right now, he has only been living in Brum for a little over a week. But don’t say it. It is perfectly natural for a 24-year-old who has called somewhere home for the past five years - but the fans don’t want to hear it.

It’s like starting a new relationship and then saying after a week or two, ‘This is great, but I do miss my ex’.

Let’s hope that any lingering homesickness doesn’t affect his display against Newcastle United this weekend.

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