Villa keeper Given convinced of big things from Benji Siegrist

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given is convinced of big things from Swiss youngster Benji Siegrist.

Siegrist is now preparing for the London Olympics.

“He comes across as a confident sort of guy, which is what you need to be a goalkeeper, but not too confident,” said Ireland keeper Given to the Express & Star.

“He’s keen to learn, which is important. He’s got little things he needs to improve on, but he knows that himself.

“Benji’s a big guy, he’s a confident guy and I think it’s good that Terry Genoe’s working with him and helping him to improve. I think he’s keen to listen as well which is important and hopefully he’ll have a big future with us.

“He’s only 20 so at that age I don’t think he should expect too much. But with Terry and the senior lads like myself and Andy Marshall coaching him and helping him learn, I think he should be in safe hands.

“Coming on the first-team trips has been good experience for him and he was coming out and helping to warm us up before games last season. It will give him a good feel for things.”

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