'He could go far': Lambert hails Okore

Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been impressed by the way Jores Okore has settled into the first team.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes that Jores Okore has a very bright future in store. 

The centre-back has had to bide his time for opportunities at Villa Park since joining in the summer of 2013, but he is starting to make a major impression at the club now. 

The Danish defender has started Villa's last six games and impressed every time he has been on the pitch. 

It has been a remarkable run of form from a player who has been on the sidelines for such a lengthy period of time and Lambert believes it is a sign of the quality that Okore possesses. 

"Jores is getting better and better," Lambert told the club's official site. "He's only 22 years old. He is outstanding. He was great.

"He has come in and his first game was against Southampton after 14 months out. Look at the way he played that night.

"Him and [Ciaran] Clark have been excellent. His career could go far."

Okore's performances have been a major factor behind Villa climbing up the table in recent weeks.

The powerful centre-back has been on the losing team just once in the six games he has played this season and his importance to the side was highlighted as Lambert changed system to keep him in the team this weekend.

With Ron Vlaar returning, there had been fears that Okore could have been replaced in the line-up again, but Lambert shifted to a formation which included three centre-backs to accommodate him and his tinkering paid dividends. 

The Claret and Blue were able to pick up a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Saturday in what was an encouraging display from the side. 

Okore was at the heart of their success, as he helped to deny the Red Devils' intimidating front-line and he will be aiming to keep earning admirers now he has established himself as an important member of Lambert's side.

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