Darren Bent believes Leon Bailey is going to be a ‘massive addition’ for Aston Villa following his £25m move from Bayer Leverkusen.
The winger, who is yet to start for Villa, made his third appearance off the bench and stole the show in a scintillating 3-0 victory.
Indeed, the Jamaican was only on the pitch for 21 minutes, before being taken off with a thigh problem, but during that time he more than made his presence felt.
Bailey scored the third goal and it was his corner which Lucas Digne headed into his own goal for the second.
With Matty Cash having opened his Villa account for the first, Dean Smith’s men enjoyed a superb night.
But no-one more so than Bailey, who was praised by former Villa striker Bent in his role as a Sky Sports pundit.
“Whenever he has come off the bench he has really impressed, we knew he was nursing a hamstring injury and that takes a little bit of time to get back,” Bent said.
“But he showed glimpses. When he gets the ball at his feet and goes past people, once he gets up to speed and he finds his feet a little bit and learns Dean’s system, the Premier League is a tough to play in, he will be a massive addition because he has got quality, he can score goals, he can assist, he can create opportunities.
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“He is a really exciting player and he is still relatively young.”
Indeed Bent was impressed with the whole Villa performance.
“That final 25 minutes Aston Villa were absolutely devastating from back to front, they attacked it with real intent, pace,” he continued
“They got the goal and never looked back, in the end it could have been four.
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“We saw the same corner in the first half when Mings got his head to it and the ‘keeper saved it.
“It was a great ball into a really good area, you can quite clearly see Aston Villa have worked on this in terms of getting numbers at te front post.
“With how flat the delivery is it goes into that area and there is nothing the goalkeeper can really do. Lucas Digne tries to get his head to it but because of the quality of the ball it goes into the far corner, it’s a really, really good delivery from Leon Bailey.
“I have been there in that near post space, the last thing you want is someone flying across you.
“What a finish [for the third], Danny Ings knows he’s out there and once he gets into his stride it’s about head down, can he hit the target and he absolutely smashes it. It’s a great, great finish.”