Midlands latest: Villa will have funds in January, Irvine on Baggies boost

We bring you the latest news from Aston Villa, Leicester, Stoke City, West Brom and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Villa can spend in January

The Birmingham Mail report that Aston Villa will have money to spend in January, should they want to bring in additions.

Villa have started well this season, but Paul Lambert will be given more money in the new year if he feels there is an area of weakness in the squad. 

Esteban Cambiasso praises Leicester quality

Esteban Cambiasso may have played with some of the finest footballing talent in the world during his playing career to date, but he has still been impressed by the quality that Leicester City have at their disposal.

The Argentine has been a shock addition at Leicester this summer, but he appears to be enjoying life at the King Power Stadium. 

“I like their quality," he told the Leicester Mercury. "It doesn’t matter what league you are in, it is never easy to win the Championship. The reason they won the title last season is because they have quality.”

Mark Hughes defends Nzonzi

Mark Hughes says that Steven Nzonzi has not become a figure that opposition teams feel they can wind up, after he grabbed Jack Rodwell round the throat during the Potters match with Sunderland in midweek.

The Stoke City midfielder has had a questionable temperament throughout his career so far, but Hughes believes that he has shown an ability to stay calm. 

"He's been involved in very few similar situations in my time here. He's got good self-control," Hughes told the Sentinel.

Irvine: mood is good

Alan Irvine says that the West Bromwich Albion camp is a happy place after they picked up two wins in a week.

The Baggies shocked Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, before beating Hull City in the League Cup and Irvine says that it has provided the squad with a boost. 

“It’s also great for the mood of the camp because everybody has now played in a winning performance and hopefully we can now build on that on Sunday in what is a really important game," he said to the Birmingham Mail.

Jackett wants possession to turn into victories.

Kenny Jackett's Wolverhampton Wanderers side may have completed the most passes as a team in the entire Championship, but he wants the side to do more with it.

The side have made a good start, but still haven't hit the back of the net as regularly as they would have liked and Jackett has revealed he wants their play to be more penetrative. 

“I think the only side who have maybe been above on the games played so far are Blackburn. We’re certainly up there in terms of ball retention," Jackett said to the Birmingham Mail. 

“That’s not everything; phase one is dominating the ball, and phase two is what you do with it."

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