Matt Le Tissier backs experienced Joleon Lescott to lift Aston Villa's dressing room

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The 33-year-old defender has signed from Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion on a two-year deal.

Premier League legend and now Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier believes new Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott will prove a crucial addition to Tim Sherwood’s squad thanks to his substantial top-flight experience.

The 33-year-old centre-back became Villa’s 11th summer signing on deadline day, arriving from Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion for a reported fee that could rise to £2 million.

Now expected to compete with Ciaran Clark for a starting spot alongside team captain Micah Richards, Le Tissier is not convinced that the veteran stopper will prove a regular at his new club but does think he can offer a lot in the dressing room.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ on Tuesday afternoon, the former Southampton forward said: “It’s an interesting one. It’s probably good for Tim to add some experience to his backline. I wouldn’t expect him to play every game but I think he’ll be very good to have around the camp and the changing room.

“He offers a vast amount of Premier League experience to call on for Tim.”

A boyhood Villa fan, Birmingham-born Lescott has penned a two-year contract at the club he grew up supporting and Le Tissier believes his claret and blues ties would have helped push through the deal.

“People don’t really take that into consideration when they’re talking about transfers and the money involved,” he added. “But a lot of the times lads have grown up supporting a team and it’s always been an ambition of theirs – no matter what period of their career – to want to play for the team they supported.”

 Premier League TeamSeasonErrors Lead To GoalClean SheetsTotal Tackles GAMETackle AccuracyTotal Clearances GAMEHeaders Won GAMEHeader SuccessInterceptions GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Joleon Lescott West Brom 2014-2015 0 15 1.68 81% 5.91 2.12 61% 2.15 34 3,060
Joleon Lescott West Brom 2015-2016 0 1 1 100% 5 1 67% 3 2 180

Lescott originally joined West Brom last summer after leaving Manchester City on a free transfer, before going on to feature 37 times for the club in his lone full season at the Hawthorns.

The former Premier League winner, who has 26 England caps to his name, also helped the Baggies record a formidable 15 clean sheets in his 34 Premier League appearances – a number which was only bettered by Chelsea trio John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic.

However, the ex-Everton man became embroiled in a contract dispute with the club over the first few weeks of this term amid reported interest from Villa, before the subsequent arrivals of James Chester from Hull City and fellow stopper Johnny Evans from Manchester United cleared the way for him to make the move across the Midlands.

It remains to be seen whether he will be able to unseat Clark from the line-up going forward but, given his experience, cost and long-term affection for the club, there is a lot to like about the deal from Villa’s perspective.

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