Jordan Amavi explains why it's been easy to settle at Aston Villa

The French left-back has impressed in his first five Premier League games for the club since arriving from Nice in the summer.

After a solid start to his Aston Villa career, summer signing Jordan Amavi has told AVTV that he has found it easy to settle at the club because of teammates like Rudy Gestede and Charles N’Zogbia.

The 21-year-old left-back joined Villa on a five-year deal from Nice in July for around £10 million, having racked up 36 appearances and four goals last season while helping the Ligue 1 club to an 11th-place finish.

Labelled one of the French top-flight’s most exciting prospects, his impressive performances had attracted reported interested from Arsenal earlier in the summer [h/t Daily Mail] but, after talks with manager Tim Sherwood, the former winger was convinced that Villa Park was the best place for his development.

Since starting all five Premier League games so far, the France Under-21 international has earned rave reviews for his attacking exploits down the flank but he has not shirked his defensive responsibilities either, having won the joint-second most tackles in the division.

  AssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesCrossing AccuracyWon TacklesTackle AccuracyInterceptionsSuccessful DribblesDribble AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Jordan Amavi 1 4 79% 22 14% 19 86% 18 16 43% 5 450

One of four players to arrive from Ligue 1 this summer along with Jordan Ayew, Idrissa Gana and Jordan Veretout, his toughest challenge at the moment looks to be learning English but, in the meantime, bilingual compatriots N’Zogbia and fellow newcomer Gestede have made the move to the Midlands much easier for him and the other Frenchmen.

“I am really enjoying playing here. I am integrating well and looking forward to the next game,” said Amavi. “I am enjoying the intensity of the games. It’s box to box!

“All of the players have helped us to integrate but, in particular, Charles N’Zogbia and Rudy Gestede are there for us if there is anything we don’t understand or need explaining to us.

"[A team talk] is not a problem for me because I understand most of what he [Sherwood] says but, If I don’t understand, then I ask one of the players like Charles or Rudy and they help me out."

In addition, Amavi was also quick to praise Sherwood’s managerial skills, adding: “It is a great pleasure to work with him – he is a real winner and has won a lot as a player. He wants us to be soldiers on the pitch and that is what we are prepared to do for him.”

Compared in style to Patrice Evra, who also started life at Nice as a winger, Amavi has some way to go if he wants to match the former Manchester United man’s Premier League achievements but, if he keeps up his current form going forward, then there is little doubt that he will prove a fantastic signing for Villa.

Certainly, having spent several seasons searching for a long-term left-back, it looks like the club finally have their man.

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