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Helenius not just a striker

Aston Villa new boy Nicklas Helenius believes his best role is in behind a striker but insists he is prepared to be flexible.

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Nicklas Helenius: More than just a targetman

Nicklas Helenius: More than just a targetman

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The 22-year-old joined Villa on a three-year deal this week and has been touted as a possible replacement for in-demand striker Christian Benteke given his 6'5" stature.

But the giant Dane claims he is far more than just a centre forward and has already discussed a more expansive role with manager Paul Lambert.

"They see me playing different positions rather than just as a striker as the experts say," Helenius told Danish newspaper Bold.

"They think I'm fast enough to play on the wing and I agree. I'm also able to play in the hole behind the striker.

"Personally I've always seen myself as a player in the hole behind the striker because of my finishing ability outside the area and Villa sees me the same way, as a flexible striker.

"But my main aim is first team football and I enjoy playing any position."

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