Davies backing Salifou to be Villa success

Curtis Davies is backing teammate Moustapha Salifou to have a big Aston Villa future.

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The deadline-day signing from Swiss outfit FC Wil made his second reserve appearance in Monday night's 3-1 victory over Tottenham.

Playing in central midfield, Salifou left the field to a standing ovation at Walsall's Banks' Stadium as he was substituted seven minutes from time.

"He's got an eye for goal and hopefully he can do that soon for the first team," Davies said. "He's certainly impressed the lads.

"I've seen how he's developing in training and I know what he's got. Once he adapts a bit more to the pace of the game here in England, he could do well.

"Playing for the reserves is a bit different to the hustle and bustle of Premier League football, but he looks a good addition.

"We saw in the last game that he can pass and he doesn't mind shooting from any distance.

"He's very strong - deceptively so actually. People look at him and think he's small, but he doesn't get pushed off the ball too easily."

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