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Lambert Brief On January Plans

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
Date:Thursday December 27 2012
Time: 2:47PM


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.
The Fear
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
27/12/2012 15:07:00
Agreed JF.
Pride of Lions
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?
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
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
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
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.
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.
heavy d
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!
27/12/2012 17:34:00
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