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Journeymen Days Are Over!

Journeymen Days Are Over!

Paul Lambert has been unequivocal today in stating that he is only interested in players who can offer the club something, and not those who are only interested in what they can take.

Lambasting the 'get rich quick' mentality that has invaded football (not just players either to be fair) Paul Lambert over the last few years, the gaffer was almost Churchillian in suggesting that players should be asking themselves what they can do for Aston Villa instead of asking what Aston Villa can do for them, well it wasn't even a suggestion really, any player not asking the right question here won't get a look in.

I wonder if that applies to certain current members of our first team too?

Speaking to the E&S Lambert said his phone had been ringing off the hook with agents contacting him over potential transfers from players who were looking to increase their bank balance and not necessarily their actual footballing career and he admits whilst it's tiresome, it's now the nature of the game.

'The phone's been going mad, all the time. It's a bit of a pain, but I just don't answer it sometimes! You get people on to you all the time and then you find out they want ridiculous money before they will even talk to you, but that's the nature of the game, it's frustrating. People are being greedy.'

The signings of Karim El Ahmadi and Matthew Lowton are a good indication of the way Lambert is going to do business. It's been a long time coming since we scouted abroad and the lower divisions appropriately and I for one applaud it. What I think most fans will want to see also though is that Lambert will also pay big money for key players as and when they become available.

Everybody can point to the big money signings of O'Neill that didn't work out, but what Lambert has to show is he has the confidence (and the backing) to go out and spend the next £12m on another Ashley Young, or James Milner when they are identified.

Scalping talent from the lower leagues and abroad is all well and good and for the most part they will give us important squad players, but we also have to be looking out for the next stars and players who can change a game in an instant.

Maybe we are already doing that as there have been enough links recently with the likes of Jordan Rhodes, Wilfried Zaha etc who are known quantities from the lower leagues - it'll be interesting if they come off and it'll be interesting to see our line up come Wet Spam.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday July 10 2012
Time: 4:02PM

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Id love us to take a chance on Jordan Rhodes. Think he could really do the business in the big league. Hes gotta be a better option than the Fonz in our attack????
GibboVilla
10/07/2012 16:13:00
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music to the ears... Forget whose interview it was the other day but one said get rid of any player who thinks they are better than the shirt. Like that attitude a lot!
The Fear
10/07/2012 16:13:00
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Yup Rhodes or Zaha would be a nice statement I think, especially with the fees talked about. Like the look of both from what I saw last season. We were linked with Rodriguez before he went to Southampton as well, but if true, we sadly joined the race too late with the manager change.
mike_field
10/07/2012 16:20:00
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Couldn't agree more.
Green Villan
10/07/2012 16:23:00
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It's so refreshing to hear our manager coming out and making statements like that...... THAT is indeed making a statement.... great!
Pride of Lions
10/07/2012 17:51:00
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I also applaud scouting abroard and the lower leagues, we have waisted an unimaginable amount of money on avergae at bst playes like Sidwell Circic Kachloul Alan Thonpson Harewood Beye for absolute years buing other eams average prem players, good on Lambert for trying to unearth a gem rather than buy the predictable average joes we always semdto end up with UTV!
clivethevillan
10/07/2012 18:10:00
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The manager doesn't say much and is fairly abrupt but it really is so refreshing to hear another straight talker who knows what he's on about and still has things to prove so wants his players to be like minded. Rhodes scored more than 1 in 2 at Huddersfield!!
Villan444
10/07/2012 18:12:00
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For a guy who doesn't say much in the media, PL has had plenty to say about players and transfers lately. One of the more interesting things was his public praise of Ciaran Clark, which makes me wonder if the new regime will promote our homegrown talent rather than spend recklessly. Clark and Baker have great potential, as do some others like Carruthers. Zaha and Rhodes fit the profile. Fonz may be off to Sheff U as part of the Lowton deal. Fresh, hungry, capable players who want to play for Villa, bring it on.
Madirish
10/07/2012 19:26:00
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For a guy who doesn't say much in the media, PL has had plenty to say about players and transfers lately. One of the more interesting things was his public praise of Ciaran Clark, which makes me wonder if the new regime will promote our homegrown talent rather than spend recklessly. Clark and Baker have great potential, as do some others like Carruthers. Zaha and Rhodes fit the profile. Fonz may be off to Sheff U as part of the Lowton deal. Fresh, hungry, capable players who want to play for Villa, bring it on.
Madirish
10/07/2012 19:26:00
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believe that was Kennedy...not Churchill...but I get the point...Lambasting?????...oh dear
Steve64k
10/07/2012 21:26:00
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