'A top player' - Lambert delighted with Aston Villa's Carlos Sanchez

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been impressed with the speed of Carlos Sanchez's transition to English football.

Paul Lambert has been delighted with the way Carlos Sanchez has adapted to the English game since signing from Elche this summer.

The Colombian defensive midfielder has established himself as a prominent member of Villa's team already and is now one of the first names of the team-sheet. 

Sanchez's robust approach in the middle of the park has fitted in with Villa's style immediately and Lambert is pleased that the move has worked out. 

"I think he's getting better," the Scottish boss told the club's official site

"Carlos has only played half a dozen or so games in England. I think he's adapted brilliantly to it.

"He's come from Spain. He's had a long year due to the World Cup. But he's a right top player. Once he finds his feet, gets the language really good - it's getting better...Carlos is a top player."

Sanchez was Villa's star man in the Midlands derby against West Bromwich Albion this weekend, but he was unable to stop them falling to a defeat. 

The sending off of Kieran Richardson meant that Villa had to play with ten men and although they were disciplined for the majority of the match their resistance was broken by a late Craig Gardner strike. 

It was a disappointing defeat for the side to suffer, but they will be keen to get back to winning ways as soon as possible now. 

To do so looks a tough ask and Sanchez will need to be at the top of his game, as Villa face Manchester United this weekend. 

The Red Devils have been in fantastic form, winning their last six Premier League matches, and Sanchez's role in the Claret and Blue's midfield will be particularly crucial against such a dangerous attacking unit. 

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