The former midfielder has also advised striker Christian Benteke to target Daley Blind, rather than get into a physical battle with Chris Smalling.
The 27-year-old has been nursing a knee problem over the international break.
The Villa boss is staying out of the tug-of-war between Ireland and England over his 20-year-old playmaker.
Lewis Cook, Jordan Botaka and Stuart Dallas all feature.
Lucas suggests both sides signing new players shows their similarities.
The youngster has enjoyed a great start to the season in a new defensive midfield role.
Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar, Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith all face a fight to get into Roberto Martinez's first team this season.
The centre-back is determined to kick on this season after finally making his debut.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker is on three so far... the Manchester United man on 50.
Leeds United signed Jordan Botaka from Excelsior last week.
Fans were delighted for - and jealous of - the former boss, who reached the milestone on the same night Watford were dumped out of the Capital One Cup.
An eye-catching debut display in Tuesday night's 6-3 Capital One Cup second-round victory over Exeter City showed why the 19-year-old American is primed for a first-team breakthrough.
The group was as much a cash cow as a pop phenomenon, and their hiatus will affect all the people – and the bands – whose careers depend on boyband cash