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Lambert hails Bacuna impact

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hailed Leandro Bacuna for his goalscoring contribution from full-back this season.

The 22-year-old, who joined from Eredivisie side FC Groningen last summer, has netted six Premier League goals so far this season from right-back.

Bacuna found the net in the vital 4-1 win over Norwich and Lambert says he is pleased with how quick the Dutchman has adapted to life in England.

"It's his first time in the league and he's been a big bonus for us, Leo," Lambert told the Birmingham Mail.

"Five goals from right-back, he's done great.

"If you look at his goal against Norwich, him and Andi Weimann virtually start parallel with each other near the 18-yard box.

"Gabby Agbonlahor ends up passing it to Andi who slips Leo in. It was a great goal, that, and the fitness levels were great.

"Leo's got that, as everybody knows. To chip in with the amount of goals he has done has been brilliant.

"I've not worked with Leo for that long but he's definitely got that kind of energy in him, as he's proved."