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Lambert Brief On January Plans

Paul Lambert has talked about injuries, admitted he already has his plans for January and said it's possible the tolls of the season are starting to catch up with the youngsters.

Speaking to the Daily Mail after the Spurs result, the gaffer said when asked the question of whether it was catching up with our younger lads:

'It may well be. I'm trying to protect them and rotate as best as I can, but it's hard to do that because of the injuries. It won't affect my thinking when the window opens. I know what I'd like to get and what I want to do.'

It would suggest it's not difficult to have some sympathy with how the injuries have hit, especially those players who could have been key for us in the season so far - especially the more experienced players - but depth was a worry when the summer window closed.

It's also not difficult to see where we need to strengthen in January. We need another reliable option upfront, we could do with a real midfield General, and we need another option in defence to marshall and get the best from Clark and Baker.

Those should be priorities in the window to give these lads the best chance possible to really grow and become the players they could be.

Over to Lambert, he's said he still had money left from the summer, a January budget boost will no doubt also kick in now...use it wisely and we'll be fine.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 27 2012

Time: 2:47PM

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which players with experience are we missing? Bent isn't fancied so it is almost irrelevant he is injured, Dunne is done and dusted, he's no good influence, Vlaar yes. Who else, what am I missing? Gabby? I'd take Weimann and Benteke over him, we need goals, gabby doesn't bring them.
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27/12/2012 14:51:00

Apart from vlaar and gabby the injuries are irrelevant, He wasn't playing the others anyway. He needs to sign some players that are ready to play now and no more kids form the lower leagues. This long term plan to build a top half team is a nonsense.
Bikini Inspector
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27/12/2012 15:07:00

Agreed JF.
Pride of Lions
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27/12/2012 15:19:00

Yes because we an afford to buy big name players to drag us out of this position, tell me hows that working or QPR?
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27/12/2012 15:21:00

I never said anything about big name players. I'm talking about decent 5-8 million pound players who can get us top half/mid table. Thats all. Fighting relegation every season is slowly destroying the club altogether.
Bikini Inspector
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27/12/2012 15:23:00

And by the way, when this long term plan comes to fruition thats where we will be anyway, we are not buying/producing top 6 youngsters here.
Bikini Inspector
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27/12/2012 15:24:00

I think Bale Naughton Walker and Lennon all came from lower leagues. It's talent we need regardless of where it currently lies
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27/12/2012 15:37:00

We tried O'Neills way and it nearly sent us bust, grounding out results with McCleish made me want to kill myself, sure we've been battered but this knee jerk reaction will get us no where, we are going to have some terrible results but I believe we'll get there, we might also have some great results win away at anfield, a cup run but last two aside we've been doing ok, and no that's not something that rest easy but I watched drivel last year and this year has on the whole been better.
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27/12/2012 15:54:00

The four Spurs players mentioned were not all brought through together at the same time. Bale was bought for large money (They outbid Arsenal - 9million???) and then developed over about 2 years with experienced players around him. He played nearly 30 games for Spurs before he was on a winning side and Redknapp was going to send him out until injuries happened. He was also a full international when they signed him. Naughton had just completed a full season at Norwich before getting a place at Spurs due to Assou Ekotto's injury and, again, is in a team full of experience. Walker was developed by us for half a season, and Lennon was a well known hot prospect when Leeds sold him on the cheap due to debt (1million-ish). All of these players learned their trade surrounded by experienced players. We are trying to develop inexperienced players along side other inexperienced players. More untried players will not only struggle to develop themselves, but hinder the development of the players already here. Proven ability for the here and now will not only sure up the ship, but allow the younger players to develop at a less pressured pace.
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27/12/2012 16:06:00

Well sad heavy d, and Bikini, we need some , experianced quality players alongside them youngsters, the results do notlie, and anybody who thinks more unprovern kids will sort this mess out is having a lff imo, Randy needs to open his wallet and spend some serious cash Lampard type of quality experiance would do no harm to help the kids out this is the level of quality we need now no more unprovern otherwise we could easily go down!
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27/12/2012 17:34:00

Perhaps he was thinking of N'Zogbia - but how crucial is he? Perhaps he would flourish under Lambert but I wouldn't hold my breath.
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27/12/2012 17:37:00

Lets see if old Randy Lerner panic buys his way out of this one like he did with bent lol i won't hold my breath though, he wants costs cut not more spending pffff
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27/12/2012 17:54:00

I really hope Randy has paid attention to the last 2 results, we need some experienced players in January, and I'd be very surprised if PL didn't realise that. The only way these youngsters will develop is if they have older heads around them. What I wouldn't give to have Stan back in midfield. We also have to remember that PL is still a young manager learning his trade, he will make mistakes, 2 massive ones recently, but he like the players will learn from them. I'm sure he's not an old dog like McLeish that can't learn new tricks. Seeing people saying they're running out of patience with him is very worrying. If we start to turn on him and the young players now it could get a lot uglier than it already is.
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27/12/2012 18:50:00

I think alot of people are forgetting we brought in Henke in the summer we may still sign a lower league guy but he has 5/6 months to work with PL and see what type of players he wants... Therefore what Im getting at is we will bring in a couple of players off the continent which should be Vlaar standard at a minimum and then whoever else... I dont want to hear EPL experience that drives me crazy when people mention that... 3 players minimum Id be looking to bring in 3 MFs anything else is a bonus its funny too we have loads of MFs but they are all poor I like Westwood and Ireland is good but only here and there... Joe Bennett is probably the only player on the team that seems capable of beating a player with a trick... IMO we play 352 because we have no wingers only Albrighton and he is muck... I rate our backline and strike force its in MF where it all goes wrong... All our CMs are the same they are all support players we are playing three in the middle which is usually: destroyer/passer/creator... We dont have any destroyers or creators (Ireland is a creator but unfortunately he is probably the most inconsistent player we have and has lost some of the creativity)... So in conclusion I would like a destroyer, creator and a left winger to give us more options...
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27/12/2012 18:57:00

CDX, prem experience is almost as important as winning experience. We need players now. Not in 6-12 months when they've settled in. Players like Ireland are inconsistent as they don't get a run in the team. Matching rotation and avoiding burnout whilst getting all playing well is only mastered by a few.
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27/12/2012 19:36:00

Heavy d.... not stalking you mate but you don't half talk some sense.

If I, who know nothing, could see this squad in August were liable to get their arse kicked surely Lambert could have seen it? Which is why I have tried to find quotes by Lambert saying he was happy with the squad back in August. Thankfully I haven't found such damning evidence. I have never rated PL as top drawer but I am rooting for him to grow and develop as a manager in double quick time.

This young crop have the potential to go on a 6 match losing streak at any time, never mind produce the goods at the business end of the season when our collective sphincters are going 10p, threp'ny bit.

As ever, in luck we trust. Stay up, or not a bloody big post mortem into this season will be needed.
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27/12/2012 19:41:00

Roll on Jan roll on!
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27/12/2012 21:00:00

Inexperienced youngsters, lower league hopeful's, experienced top flight players, or imported individuals, it matters not. It's quality that we so desperately need, quality being a commodity that we are currently very short on. We face a massive fight in the second half of the campaign to secure our top flight status, in my humble opinion we currently have a very real chance of playing Championship football next season. We are nowhere near good enough, that much is surely obvious to all? January is an extremely important month for us. Not only because of the transfer window, but just look at the fixtures. A home F.A. Cup third round tie, a two-legged League Cup semi-final, and more importantly we face home premier league games against Southampton and Newcastle United, and away trips to West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City. Surely an opportunity there to pick up much needed points, and progress to a Wembley Cup Final, the latter giving everyone connected with AVFC, a huge boost. If we cant raise the doom and gloom currently surrounding Villa Park with that little run of fixtures, then our immediate future really is grim. New faces though are an absolute must, but we have to bring in quality. Failure to do so could very well bring about a very bleak immediate future for the club. I trust that Messrs Lambert, Lerner, and Faulkner are up for the task.
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27/12/2012 22:14:00

Vlaar is a given. I'd still include Gabby, and I'd even still include Dunne who returned to focus at the end. Rising to the occasion is open to debate, but we haven't used the experience we have appropriately at points. I agree JF Gabby seems unlikely to score in a brothel at the moment, but he could be an impact player, stretch play upfront, he knows how to track back etc. Again if he's up for it, there is more to Gab than simply scoring. Spurs again, an injury meant we had a midfielder in central defence? Would you have Dunne back for that, knowing he was either playing for a new contract or a new club?

Bikini, we don't produce top 6 youngsters here? Really mate? Not withstanding our own, Gabby, Barry, and others...look at the table, Cahill? Hitzbeefberger? Even bloody Ridgewell? Yes we do, we've just never really built with them.

D - Spurs paid 5m for Bale from Southampton mate, you saying 9m I think you're thinking of Walcott? For the rest, you may be surprised, I agree, this is why we need the experience to help these lads along through the dips they will have.

Clive again Randy needs do nothing, it's Lambert who selects his players.

Saurat yes I'd include Zoggy. Again, are they willing to step up is open for debate, but if you don't play them (and then when they actually play well drop them) they never will step up and help lead will they?

Clive again, jeez look at the accounts for once instead of listening to BS from people who don't!

Cropped you are missing the point that Lambert knew the existing squad only from playing them or highlights and whispers. He'll have players he thought would step up that haven't and he'll know he can't rely on them now. 6 months to assess the team thoroughly and not rely on reputation but see them day in day out is invaluable. Just cause we know players inside out, doesn't mean he would. Scouts don't watch training, or see somebodies mentality, they see games.
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27/12/2012 23:53:00

Hulk - destroyer. Iron Man - Winger. Creator - Tony Stark. Avillers Assemble!
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28/12/2012 00:41:00

We need players, don't know who or how much but our 'kids' are not good enough.
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28/12/2012 20:34:00

Remember what Alan Hanson said about Man Utd some years ago ? "You'll never win anything with kids" - Now look at them. I say PL should nurture our youngsters and blend in a bit of experience to help them develop.
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