Midlands latest: Guzan praises Villa signing; Jackett comments on Mayuka links

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Guzan on Cleverley

Brad Guzan has said that Tom Cleverley has made a positive impression during his initial time at Aston Villa.

Cleverley joined the club on deadline day and has been thrown straight into their starting line-up, helping Paul Lambert's side pick up a shock victory against Liverpool.

Cleverley's performance on the day was excellent and Guzan says that he has fitted in well with his new teammates. 

"Tom is a really good guy," Clubcall quote Guzan as saying. "He's settled in really nicely. He's getting on with the guys great.

"As a footballer, you can see the quality and the talent there. His feet are so good. He can pick a pass. He will score some goals for us. He goes box to box, gets up and down the pitch and works his socks off for the team."

Steven N'Zonzi enjoying Stoke life

Steven N'Zonzi says that he is enjoying his football at Stoke City, despite seemingly being set for an exit over the summer.

The combative central-midfielder handed a transfer request in at the Britannia Stadium during the past transfer window, but the Potters remained to keep hold of him and no deal materialised. 

That may have caused many players to sulk, but N'Zonzi has been one of Stoke's best performers in the early part of the season and he says he is enjoying playing under Mark Hughes. 

"Of course I'm enjoying myself at Stoke. We have a good team and good players," he said to the Sentinel. 

"It's still early in the season and I'm sure we will enjoy it even more over the next few months... I certainly hope so.

"What happened in the summer is not important. I'm very happy to stay at Stoke, very happy with my team-mates and the fans are really good. That's all that matters."

Saido Berahino unhappy with start

Saido Berahino says that he is unhappy with West Bromwich Albion's start, despite his own positive performances. 

Berahino has netted twice in the first three games of the season, but the Baggies are still looking for their first win and the youngster means that he is disappointed. 

“I am not pleased even though I have started well personally,” he said to the Express and Star.

“At the end of the day it’s about getting the points on the board and we haven’t won a game yet.

“We are trying to stay together and I am trying to do the best I can to ensure we start getting some points on the board."

Jackett coy on Mayuka links

Kenny Jackett has refused to be drawn on the rumours that Wolverhampton Wanderers could be in-line to make a loan offer for Southampton's Emmanuel Mayuka.

Wolves are on the hunt for a front-man and have reportedly identified the Zambian as their main target, but Jackett would not confirm the links.

He said to the Express and Star: "Probably 91 other managers would all like another striker. Are we always looking for improvements?

"Yes, of course we’re looking for improvement.”

Clark wants to keep Birmingham youngsters

Lee Clark says that Birmingham City must ensure that they keep hold of their top talents.

Demarai Gray is the latest Blues academy-product to be linked with a move away from St. Andrews and his manager insists that the club must do everything they can to keep him. 

"How important is it that we fend off these clubs? Imperative,” Clark said to the Birmingham Mail. 

“We have lost too many good players I didn’t want to lose in the first couple of years here."

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