Submitted By: Hiphop
Paul Lambert has been at Aston Villa for approximately a year now, and with each day, it is becoming more and more evident, that Paul Lambert may be: a special one ( of course, not alluding to José Mourinho in any way).
Paul Lambert has refurbished the whole team, sidelining and simply not playing: dead wood and people who were not up to scratch but earning more than they deserve I.e. Alan Hutton, Stephen Warnock, James Collins, and to some extent: Stephen Ireland etc. The minute Lambert walked through the door, he knew that big changes were needed to be made or else: all the flirting with relegation would actually occur (what with Mcleish’s reign just before him).
In the summer of 2012, whilst removing dead wood: he also signed a host of players and revamped the whole squad by spending roughly 20 million pounds (not including the money he gained from selling players). Signings included: Ron Vlaar, Joe Bennet, Christian Benteke, Matt Lowton, Jordan bowery, El Ahmadi, Brad Guzan and Ashley Westwood (amongst others). From all the players above, only a couple are above 25, and it appears as though Paul Lambert was mainly targeting young, hungry, and less expensive players. For most part his shrewd signings were a success and have merged well in the new look of Aston Villa boring well for next season.
Paul Lambert showed that he is a new type of manager aiming solely to produce a team that is young in the top flight of football, which is a risky business. He stuck to his philosophy even in the dark days of December when many of us begged for experience to be brought… He also showed us that he has the character to build a team, and have faith in his signings even if they fail on many occasions. What this means is, we now have a team (provided that: Darren Bent, Stephen Ireland, and the likes leave), which has a good synergy about it, and of course not earning ridiculous sums of money, which is not justifiable.
This summer, Paul Lambert has signed 6 players, all under 25, all reasonably cheap to patch up the team for next season and to build on what has been created. I’m going to be bold and say: we can be a top 10 team next season without a doubt, because Lamberts attacking styled football, along with a reshuffled defensive back line, with the addition of a strong creative, attacking midfielder or two, will be too irresistible for many teams in the prem. So do you think Paul Lambert is a special one or am I just a Lambert Lemming 🙂 ?