Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia says he tried too hard last season.

Rather than striving to impress, he will simply do his own thing this term.

"When I came here I tried to offer something different because I felt I was joining a bigger club with big-name players," he told Villa's website. "Maybe I tried too hard, but it just wasn't working.

"Now I'm determined to just be myself. I think I will benefit - and hopefully the team will as well.

"My strength is to be on the ball more often and go with it. That's what I'm aiming to do this season and I know I will be better for it."