Libor Kozak today insisted he can help lift the Villa goal pressure off Christian Benteke.
The Czech striker is in line for his full debut in the Capital One Cup against Tottenham tonight with Benteke sidelined with a hip injury.
He scored within 90 seconds of replacing the Belgian in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Norwich to end Villa’s run of three straight Premier League defeats.
Kozak became only the third Villa player to score in the top flight this season with Benteke having netted four of the club’s six goals.
And the £7m man wants to share the load after netting his first Villa strike since a deadline day switch from Lazio.
Kozak said: “Christian has scored many, many goals and I hope I can help the team and score some more. It was important on Saturday and now we’re thinking about tonight.
“I want to score in all of the games. That’s a dream and the more goals the better. It was important to score early. I don’t know how long Christian will be out for, we will see.”
And Kozak, last season’s eight-goal top scorer in the Europa League for Lazio, believes Villa’s philosophy will suit his game.
“It is good because there’s more attacking, more goals and it’s better for me, for the fans, for the whole team – and the Premier League,” said the 24-year-old.
“It’s harder than in Italy but I think I have adapted quickly.
“I’m happy because it was only my second game for Aston Villa and I scored and we won.
“Saturday was a hard game and I was happy for it.”
After tonight’s Spurs showdown, Villa host Manchester City, on the back of their 4-1 mauling of Manchester United, and Kozak is relishing the challenge.
He added: “They are beautiful games for us.”
Boss Paul Lambert also praised his new hitman after his match-winner in Norfolk offset the loss of Benteke.
He said: “I thought Libor was excellent, he scored within minutes of coming on and led the line brilliantly.
“He’s a different player to Christian and for someone who has come from another culture and league he did great. It’s been a good start for him.”