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Lambert - Don't Judge Too Quickly

Paul Lambert has questioned how people can say players from the lower leagues aren't good enough until they've been given a chance.

Speaking to Sky Sports as the window draws to a close, Lambert was honest in response to some of the flak circulating given the types of players he has signed so far.

'I know from experience if you don't have the hunger as a footballer, then there is no point in playing the game. With people from the lower leagues, you are giving people opportunities. How do you know someone is not good enough? You won't until you give them that chance and I like to do that. I have total confidence in them to go and do the business.'

There's fair points on all sides in this really, but this is how Lambert works so there shouldn't be any surprises that he's continuing to scour for what he believes are the cream from leagues below us who can come in now or in the future to do a job for us.

We just have to trust his judgment and trust that whatever kitty was agreed when he accepted the job, that he's spending it in the direction he wants to.

We'll find out if he was right as the season progresses.

"It's my decision, football decisions are mine and I will take the responsibility on everything. Hopefully the fans can trust us."

Paul Lambert Forum Thread.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 31 2012

Time: 5:49PM

Your Comments

How dare he!!!!! I waited almost an hour before judging :-)
jonah
Here here, for gods sake let's give them a chance
Randy bollox
Newbie here. Seems like a good course of action: can't compete with the overloaded clubs; tried signing second-tier names and it nearly broke the club. Have to do something. Is this the emergence of an 'Ajax model'? Clearly understand what you are trying to do and find talent who might surprise you and make money when they move on? Seems like a plan and all for it. Will fans give him the time needed to build on a philosophy?
Villan in Exile
I just posted this on Facebook; "Benteke in a private jet on his way to B6. Benteke + Westwood (hopefully) + Bennett + Bowery + Vlaar + EL Ahmadi + Lowton + Guzan + Holman. That's virtually a whole new team. OK so no "marquee" signings but also no over rated, over priced, big time charlies looking for their last pay cheque. Instead Lambert has gone for "young & hungry" players who will be desperate to make the most of the opportunity of joining The Mighty Aston Villa. No big transfer fees weighing heavy on players shoulders. No pressure on the players. The pressure is ALL on the manager who has shown faith in these young lads. Personally I'm excited. OK so we're not gonna win the league (who is?) and we probably wont win a trophy (no change there then). But what we are doing is building for the future. Be patient fellow Villa fans. Show your support and stick with PL. In Lambo we Trust. UTV. The 19th Minute.
Adam Deuce
Wish peple would chill out, he's bought us almost a full squad for the same price and wages as Heskey and Coker!! He only needs 1 signing to impress and he would be able to recoup the whole outlay. At least we have suffcient numbers now to get us through to Jan.
son_of_cher
In Lambert we trust.
DickySlade
PL's principles are fine by me ... but - and there's a big 'but'. 1. Surely there needs to be a good mix of experience and youth? From what I can see there are a good number of young players coming from the lower divisions - who's there to lead 'em? 2. Who is to provide the goalscorong chances? If it's Ireland then I'm yet to be convinced, but if he does turn out to be the one, who will cover for him when he's injured? Again,I like PL's p.o.v., but Villa are already bottom - do we have the wherewithall to stay up? ... the leaders on the pitch? ... the creativity?
the_lergy
will judge at xmas and end of season, doesn't mean we can't express opinions and air our fears though!
The Fear
I'm all for givng players from lower leagues a chance, but why is it we do all the giving of chances. I never noticed any other PL clubs after the likes of Bowery, Westwood, Stephens, etc. No, they're going for quality, players who can hit the ground running. Sorry PL but I'm on the back burner with these.
Pride of Lions
the_lergy, the nervous tic...;-)
Villan in Exile
Not impressed at all, very weak additions to a very weak squad
We're Not Fickle
..and lets not forget we still sadly have to pay the wages of Mutton, Wonkey and Donkey - my trusty back of the env calculator tells me (at avg of say 50k/wk just to end June 2013, which rounded down a bit equals. 6mil total) that this money would have covered the first year of a four year amortisation of a very expensive player or two quite expensive players......this would also explain all the last min activity (three players suddenly in this week it seems - total cost in fees, around 6mil :)
malacaxeta
Welcome Villan in Exile!

Hope that Lambert takes all the negative comments, shows the team that many don't have faith in the inexperience etc and gets them to ram the words back down our throats. I'm sure we'd all love it. I am worried though, no doubt at all. I think you need a mix, I don't think we have it (transfer window not closed) and it looks men v boys to me. As said, hope those words are rammed down my throat
The Fear
Thanks Fear! Point taken, but seven potential first-teamers are experienced players, so how many do we need? Perhaps more pertinently, which experienced players fit into the parameters PL has set for nrew players (young and hungry)? Or do you feel he has just got it wrong?
Villan in Exile
Who knows but i'm looking foward to finding out!
son_of_cher
Lambert has time imho Villan in Exile. But he also needs the tools to work with. Experienced? We have a few experienced flops who aren't his signings, are they who we pin our hopes on? Zoggy for instance? The kids have more to give than him right now. We'll see, we are about to find out, going to be interesting, think we are in for a bumpy ride, hope I'm totally and utterly wrong.
The Fear
I think at the small amount of money we've spent, if just one can prove his worth it's all worth while. No 24m desperation buy, lots of little chances. Lots of little prospects. Let's do this PL! In Lambert we trust
claret&blue82
In an ideal world I would agree with PL's method of looking for young hungry players BUT we needed at least 2 experienced midfielders this window, at the moment we have Delph and Bannan who are championship material - on a good day! Nzogbia who TELLS us how good he is going to be but without actually doing ANYTHING (has anyone bothered to check if his boot laces have been tied together - it's an old trick, but you never know? and Holman the jury is still out on.......but we aren't in a position to carry passengers in ANY match!
griffgriff
 

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