Arsenal striker Manu Adebayor is backing Togo teammate Moustapha Salifou to be a big hit at Aston Villa.

He said: "He's a very good player with a lot of quality ­ I can see the Zidane comparison because he can keep the ball, he can dribble, he can do anything he wants with the ball. He's not that fast but he's an amazing footballer.

"When I heard he'd signed for Aston Villa I was very happy for him and I hope he'll play soon and show the English public what good players Africa, and Togo particularly, can produce.

"I can't wait to see him playing in England and I don't think it'll be long ­ he should be around the team soon and I wish him all the best."