Salifou Ready for Villa Challenge
The ‘Togolese Zidane’ spoke to Villa World today of his excitement at joining Aston Villa, following an impressive reserve team outing.
Salifou was a late (very late!) transfer deadline day signing, one that prompted more bewilderment amongst the Villa faithful than that of former West Ham striker Marlon Harewood. Following a little publicised wrangle with regards to the Togo International’s work permit, he finally pulled on the claret and blue shirt for Monday evening’s 6-0 thumping of Chelsea reserves.
The next stage for the man like Zidane is to attempt to break into Martin O’Neill’s’ first team squad, to add a little bit of strength and quality into what is already an exciting, fast paced side. Salifou himself admits that this won’t be a simple task: I cannot say whether I will be ready for the first team this month or next month.” He told Villa World.
“The important thing for me is that I'm going to work as hard as I can to get into the first team as quickly as possible.
“For me this is like stepping into another world. I'm very excited about joining such a big club and I will be even more excited when I get into the first team.”
Judging by the highlights that are available on Villa World, Salifou does indeed lack a bit of pace, but has a good eye for a pass. Jury is still out on whether he really can be likened to “Zinadine the Head-butter,” but it should be fun finding out if it’s true!