Boss Paul Lambert today backed Villa’s British boys to help his foreign legion become Premier League hits.
He reckons his new men need help to adapt to England after their transfers.
He made six signings from abroad in the summer, including £7m Libor Kozak from Lazio, who have helped the club to 10th in the Premier League.
And Lambert believes homegrown players like Ashley Westwood and Matt Lowton can aid the development of his overseas stars.
“When you are a foreigner and in another country you tend to fit into the British culture pretty quickly with help,” he said, ahead of Sunday’s visit of Tottenham. “The group get on really well, they are a really strong group. The British lads will help them settle in quicker.”
Lambert spent a season in Germany with Borussia Dortmund in 1996-97, winning the Champions League before joining Celtic.
And he insisted it was vital for him to form a bond with his team-mates on the pitch even before he managed to learn the language.
“I was a foreigner myself and I needed help when I was in Germany, I’m pretty sure the same thing will happen here,” he said. “Until I got to get to grips with the language it was difficult.”