Aston Villa have completed the signing of Czech Republic and now a former Lazio striker Libor Kozak. New Villa striker, and the seventh in total for Lambert side, signed a four-year deal with the club and expressed his delight of a dream to play in the Premier League.
Kozak in 18 matches for Lazio in Serie A did not manage to score a goal, but in 11 appearances in Europa league for the Roman team , Kozak scored 10 goals and he was the top scorer of the competition.
With stats from Italian Seriea A, who could bet that Kozak would go to Premier league competiton? But as Lambard said, he was the player on Villa radar for a long time.
“We’ve been on this one for the last few months, trying to bring him to the club, so I’m delighted to get it across the line,” Paul Lambert told the club’s official website.
“Libor has an unbelievable scoring record in the Europa League, incredible really. He wasn’t given much opportunity for Lazio in Serie A.
“But he showed proper potential in leading the line there at a strong club with a great tradition and we need somebody like him as we only have Christian Benteke really as a main target man.
“Libor’s powerful, too, and I’m looking forward to working with him. We needed to bring in someone like Libor to help the overall philosophy to work.”
“I hope it’s a good step for me and also for Villa because everything is about the team,” he enthused. This is a big club, a very historic club with a fantastic fanbase and, for me, this is really important.
“From when I was a young boy, I have dreamt of playing in the Premier League and to do this with a club such as Villa is incredibly motivating. It’s real now and I’m very happy about this.
“I scored goals in the Europa League last season and I’m happy about this because it’s not easy but I know it won’t be easy either to score goals in the Premier League so all my focus will be on this now.”