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Friday 29 June 2012

Albrighton eager to impress new Villa boss

Villa midfielder looking to establish himself in first-team plans under Paul Lambert

Marc Albrighton started only 15 Barclays Premier League matches last season

Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton says he is keen to impress new manager Paul Lambert after enduring a frustrating 2011/12 season.

The winger made headlines by scoring the 20,000th goal in the Premier League's history against Arsenal in December.

But he managed only one other goal all season and was restricted to only 15 starting appearances in the Barclays Premier League.

He missed both of Villa's matches against Lambert's Norwich City side last season, so is looking to catch the eye of the new boss in pre-season training.

"Hopefully I can impress early on and my confidence will take me on for the rest of the season"
- Marc Albrighton

"It really is a fresh challenge for me," the 22-year-old Albrighton told the Aston Villa website. "I didn't play in either of the Villa v Norwich games last season.

"So the gaffer hasn't seen me up close on the pitch. Maybe he has seen bits of me. Maybe he hasn't.

"But, for me, it's a massive season and one I am relishing. I had a first season which was good but the second wasn't so good. This third season is absolutely huge for me.

"I am going to try and impress and hopefully I can. It's so big. I can't put it into words. Hopefully I can impress early on and my confidence will take me on for the rest of the season."

Albrighton has been given the all-clear to return to training after a thigh injury kept him out of the back end of last season.

"I have come in a couple of days in the summer to make sure it's healing well and looking good," he added. "The physios are very positive about it and say it looks fine. I am raring to go."

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Key Points

  • Marc Albrighton looking to improve after disappointing 2011/2012 season
  • Midfielder started only 15 League matches for Villa
  • Thigh injury that kept him out of end of season has cleared up