Aston Villa centre-back Philippe Senderos has backed fellow summer signing Carlos Sanchez to overcome his slow start and impose himself on the Premier League.
Making the £4.7 million switch from Spanish side Elche in August, Sanchez has made just one start in four league appearances for Villa so far, putting in a disappointing shift in the 3-0 home defeat to Arsenal.
Nevertheless, Senderos, who himself has been an ever-present in the top-flight, believes the Colombian midfielder will soon get to grips with English football, having witnessed him star in both La Liga and at the World Cup this summer.
‘I saw him playing last year at Elche and with the Colombian national team,’ he told the club’s official website. ‘I think he's a very good player, very strong and can play in front of the defence.
‘He's going to help us. His power and experience over the season, also his international experience, will be big qualities for us and I'm sure he is going to settle in pretty quickly.’
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Nicknamed “The Rock” due to his prowess in the holding role, Sanchez earned comparisons to Chelsea legend Claude Makelele during his six seasons with Ligue 1’s Valenciennes, before moving to Elche last August.
With the 44-times capped international still learning English, Senderos, who speaks six languages, has been acting as a mentor to his new teammate in the meantime.
‘It's probably good for Carlos that I can speak Spanish with him,’ he said. ‘He's fluent also in French, so he can speak to people and he's intelligent.
‘He will be speaking English quickly, I'm sure and this will help him.
‘I speak six languages. Being from Switzerland you get to learn many languages at school because it's such an international country in the middle of Europe.
‘You have to learn other languages. People come from everywhere around the world and settle in Switzerland, like my parents did.
‘They came to work and they settled in Switzerland and all these people from different backgrounds make for an interesting country.’