Just How Good are Lambert’s Signings?

The other day I was reading this article and one sentence really stood out, “It’s more likely that a summer signing goes bad rather than good”. How true is that about Paul Lambert’s signings? Now obviously I think it would be a little harsh to judge Lambert’s 2013 summer signings, but we can evaluate last summer’s transfer business and come up with a percentage. This percentage will represent how many good players Lambert has brought in last summer, and perhaps it can be applicable to our signings this year.

El Ahmadi: Lambert’s first signing, a midfielder that was supposed to bring a bit of creativity into the side. In terms of last season, I thought he was a bit of a disappointment. He’s slowly improving, but if I were to give a yes or no answer. I don’t think he was a good signing, having said that, could a player become a good signing the following season? I believe so, but in face of science I’m going to have to El Ahmadi isn’t a good signing.

Matthew Lowton: A right-back found from League 1 side Sheffield United. Good defensively and also very effective when attacking, I think Lambert got himself a really good buy here. Lowton cost Villa £3 million and I believe it was money well spent. Definitely going to improve in the future as well. Good signing Lambert!

Ron Vlaar: Now I’m going to get many mixed opinions here, but I think Vlaar has been a good signing. In order for that to make sense you have to go back to December. Vlaar was out with an injury, that was the same time period when Aston Villa conceded over 15 goals in 3 games. If Vlaar was in the defence I believe that Aston Villa wouldn’t have concede nearly as many goals. Yes, he has made mistakes but generally he has been the wise head in defence. Since Vlaar only £3 million, I think he was a cheap centre-back that has made an impact.

Jordan Bowery: We haven’t seen much of him, because he’s ‘one for the future’ yet he has the same age as Benteke. I believe Bowery won’t get far and once his contract expires he’ll be released. Not a good signing.

Ashley Westwoood: Quality midfielder who always possess a high passing rate. I’m impressed by Westwood I think he does a good job linking the defence and midfield. I’d like to see him in more attacking positions, but he has done well, especially considering the fact that moved from Crewe Alexandra. Good signing.

Benteke: What a beast, at £7 million he was no doubt Lambert’s best signing. He scored 19 Premier League goals and saved us from relegation. He was involved in nearly 50% of all Villa goals, that includes goals and assists. Brilliant buy by Lambert.

Joe Bennett: Not the best left-back out there, however he does have potential to improve. He is still young and I think he can improve, but last season he really struggled. But I thought he was really good when he went up to join any attacks. Poor signing Lambert

Sylla: A good defensive midfielder that was brought in January in order to beef up the midfield. It worked, I like Sylla’s work rate and he always puts in a good shift, either when defending or attacking. Good signing Lambert!

So there we have it, Lambert has made 5 quality signings and 3 rather disappointing signings. Let’s not forget, those that disappointed can always improve this season, but for scientific purposes I only looked at last season. This means that 60% of Lambert’s signings are quality. It also means that the quote I began this article doesn’t actually apply with Aston Villa, which is good. Applying the same percentage rate with this year’s signings, it’s believed that only 4 players will be good signings. Let’s see if that actually happens.



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  1. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm . Reply

    No nore me Foxy, I wonder if? No forget it that twat of a coach wouldn’t know a good player if he seen one.

  2. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm . Reply

    Oohah agree mate, the FA is the right abbreviation for them they know fa about how to run a national team, they think the nearer to them will get support, wrong north of Watford has lost respect to our national team.it don’t matter anymore to me if England does or don’t, until they stop foreign inputs to our nation clubs, and owner making £s from working class fans then bollocks to them.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 12, 2013 at 12:23 am . Reply

      Agree bill but more fool the fans for bothering to go and support overrated crap at overrated wembley at overrated London paying overinflated prices. They even turn up in tens of thousands to watch meaningless friendly s so the fa can grease their pickets even more and help pay back the stupid amount of money paid for new wembley. Stadium Shoukd if been at NEC fairer for the whole country but that was never going to happen in a million years. Another London fix IMO

  3. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 12, 2013 at 7:50 am . Reply

    Oohah was at Wembley last year I could not find one English speaking steward that I could understand, the whole of that stadium is run on the cheap, if the boarder control was to move in, that would not be a supprise to me if things was not genuine. Yes the midlands and the north was robbed of what should have been, London got away with that, weak politics from our political people. Utv.:-)

    1. BWS
      BWS September 12, 2013 at 7:56 am . Reply

      Bill a bit of history (well a drama) on BBC 2 The Peeky Blinders starts at 9.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath September 12, 2013 at 11:25 am . Reply

        Looking fwd to that about time we had a Bham drama to put us on the map for once. If Lerner had any brains he’d sponser it so villa would be promoted globally as it has already been sold around the world even usa Ffs. Wakey wakey Randy

        1. BWS
          BWS September 12, 2013 at 11:45 am . Reply

          My Misses great Granddad was one of them mate, we have a framed photo of them out side the Alma Tavern and a board at the front saying something like the Birmingham Society of Florists and to nick a line from Lock Stock “they don’t look like your average horti-fucking- culturalist”.

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 12, 2013 at 11:22 am . Reply

      Spot on bill wembley is an overhyped rip off I can’t believe how people can buy food etc there at rip off prices when u can bring ur own sarnies. I remember in late 70s we played qpr away first game I think and after game I went to buy a can of coke which was around 20p then and the guy told me it was a pound which in late 70s was a lot if money needless to say I told him to shove it where the sun didn’t shine

  4. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 12, 2013 at 9:36 am . Reply

    Thanks Bill my lad e/mail me that, have put a record on it and will watch, should be interesting.

  5. Foxy
    Foxy September 12, 2013 at 10:26 am . Reply

    Thanks for that BWS.

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