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Derby boss Jewell: Villa better for Premiership experience

Derby County boss Paul Jewell is confident Argie striker Emanuel Villa will thrive in the Championship next season.

"All this will be beneficial for him, whatever happens next year," he said. "Tito wants a good pre-season behind him. He'll have been here six months by the time the season starts in August.

"He'll know what it's all about over here. It's a very hard league, the Premiership - it really is intense - but the Championship is a bit different because you're playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, quite often.

"There are an extra eight games in a season and it's a breakneck speed - but I think he'll be ready for that.

"If we get balls into the box, well, we all saw the header against Fulham.

"Without being brilliant in the air, he's a terrific header of the ball - if that makes sense. He'll score goals.

"He was put through at Everton. That was an opportunity. And the more you get, the more you will score. In fairness, that was the first one he has missed."

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