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Lambert Talks About January Plans

Lambert Talks About January Plans

While a lot of outlet's are making these quotes out to be proof of panic in the camp, we all knew more funds were available anyway - but let's not let truth get in the way of trying to get more hits.

The quotes appear all over, but I'm taking them from the Telegraph.

The paper says Paul Lambert's main target will most likely be James Chester from Hull, who was oft linked in the summer window but nothing concrete ever came from it. We know he was looking at Aaron Cresswell as well in the summer, but with Joe Bennett now in and Enda Stevens not looking too shabby, I don't imagine we'll be rekindling that interest, but known targets from the summer would appear to be the most likely for January, and I would hope a touch of experience to help carry the lads through.

Hey David Beckham wants a new challenge - he'd have that with us in spades wouldn't he!

'There's a lot of games until we get to January but there's one or two in our heads and every manager will tell you the same. This was never going to happen overnight, a lot of people just expected us to come in and see a real change in fortunes.'

Very few Villa fans did to be fair.

The rest of the quotes being bandied around about experienced players seem to be rehashes from earlier quotes where Lambert was asked about a potential return for Robbie Keane, but with the thrust being 'extra or more money' is now available in almost all the reports, that's a huge red herring.

Lambert will know how much of his initial kitty he has left from deals that didn't come off, and there's no way he wouldn't already know the ball park of any January budget, factors depending, so Randy won't have just found an extra few million from down the back of the settee.

As Lambert has already said, we are a long term plan and whilst I'd say it's important we do strengthen in January, I doubt Lambert is the kind of gaffer to panic buy - we will go after who he couldn't snare in the summer most likely, we just have to hope those deals are the missing piece for survival this survival IF we don't click properly in the winnable games coming up.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday November 20 2012
Time: 4:07PM


Still optimistic for a 10th or 11th place finish... :) The major difference between this year and last is that the team are happy and that will count for tons over Christmas.. Well hopefully anyway :)
20/11/2012 16:24:00
sorry meant to say the major difference after the difference in footy style.
20/11/2012 16:25:00
We had a horrific run under MON in his first season and finished 11th, we had a horrific run under DOL in his first season and finished 6th; the key to both was some decent business in January (MON - Ashley Young, John Carew; DOL - Nobby Solano) and dare I say that Robbie Keane's goals against Wolves (along with that late save from Shay Given against the Baggies) were the difference between us going down and staying up. Hopefully we can do another bit of good business this year and get ourselves away from that damned relegation zone.
Sheriff Kimbo
20/11/2012 16:32:00
Yeah, the only thing keeping Villa out of the top half of the table is another £500k second-rater from the Championship - NOT! When are Villa fans going to wake up and actually get angry?
20/11/2012 16:52:00
We certainly DONT need the most overrated player in the histiry of "soccer" (Beckscum). I think we ll all take Keane before Olden*********. And Milner on loan (with his digs and baccy paid). Hilarious that Downing is apparently prepared to go to Mboro on loan.
20/11/2012 17:18:00
OnMeHeadFred what do you expect us to do? Sepnd £200m on a new side? If so, you need to wake up as that's not happening. As Lambert has said, this is a longer term project and it needs to be. Look at Everton and how steady careful investment can move you on - and to a lesser extent the Baggies. Both have 'second-rater from the Championship' in their side.
20/11/2012 17:28:00
When are Villa fans going to get angry? Anger is an expensive habit in the long run. Like in any economic climate there are winners and losers, at the minutes, we're losing. Will it be this way forever? I doubt it. How do you get back? Look at the last recession, the smart companies survive, the dumb companies spent huge amounts to try to buy a past that was no more. I'd rather be wikipedia than encarta. Can Lambert do it? Of course he can but he'll need luck, skill and backing, like any manager. Angry? No, enjoying the ride, so far yes in large part.
Mervin King's Pocket
20/11/2012 18:00:00
You have to see the bigger picture OnMeHeadFred. Apart from the odd game, our team and football is progressing, certainly from last season. we can't click our fingers and suddenly have a team as good as '82 can we. We also cant spend 30 million on player and pay them 200k a week with a our current set up. We don't even sell out every week, it would be financial suicide. I'm not sure what you want us to be angry at exactly? Be patient and the short term struggle will pay ten-fold both on and off the pitch.
20/11/2012 18:41:00
I know he treated us disgracefully, and I know not everyone would welcome him back, but I would really like to see Stewart Downing back in a Villa shirt. I think most of our problems stem from his departure, and the consequent lack of crosses to Bent. I think the loss of this service (and of course Ashley Young) was the difference between the mid-table finish under Houllier and last season's debacle. What do other fans think?
Mark from Dudley
20/11/2012 18:48:00
If fans can't see that there is a middle ground between spending £200m and building a team from the flotsam of the lower leagues, they are either daft or in denial.
20/11/2012 19:20:00
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