Robbie Keane will bring some much needed experience to Aston Villa's young squad according to promising midfielder Barry Bannan.
The 31-year-old striker is expected to complete his two-month loan deal from LA Galaxy on Tuesday having trained with the squad on Monday.
And with striker Emile Heskey sidelined for up to a month with an Achilles injury the signing of the Ireland skipper could not have come at a better time for the Midlands side.
"Robbie is a player I watched when I was growing up," said Bannan. "If you are getting players like that, it is good for the club.
"Robbie will add to the strength and the depth of the club as well.
"For the younger players, it is great to have a player of that calibre and experience in the squad even for a short spell.
"Our squad is pretty young experience-wise and having another wise head is only going to help us as a group.
"Robbie has been around for ages and played at the top level."
Keane could face his Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan on Saturday after the American joined Everton for a second loan period recently.