Paul Lambert expects Joe Cole to make impact at Aston Villa

Joe Cole of Aston Villa gestures during the pre-season friendly match between Mansfield and Aston Villa at the One Call Stadium on July 17, 2014
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Paul Lambert is confident that Joe Cole will play a key role for Aston Villa if he can avoid injuries.

Paul Lambert has no doubt that the signing of Joe Cole could make a major difference to Aston Villa's fortunes in the Premier League this season.

Cole arrived at the club on a free transfer following his release from West Ham United earlier this summer, and Lambert is confident that the former Chelsea and Liverpool attacking midfielder can have a big impact if he avoids injuries.

"We just have to make sure we keep him fit. Joe has been there, done it and worn the T-shirt," the Villa boss told reporters. "The lad has won everything in the game. He's a top pro, top guy and is really intelligent."

"It's just a question of keeping him fit, and if we do that we have a really top player on our hands.

"I know exactly what he is capable of. It's a real bonus that he's back because I know what he can give us."

Cole is expected to be named in the Villa squad for Saturday's meeting with Newcastle United.

 Andreas Weimann of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Aston Villa at Britannia Stadium on August 16, 2014
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