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I'm Sure It's A Healthier Place Now

Paul Lambert has warned fans not to expect him to change his transfer policy as he starts looking at the team for next season.

In quotes carried by the Daily Mail Lambert said he had no real intentions of changing how he works the transfer market, even though he knows the work begins now to build and develop the team further for next season:

'You have to keep building the club up. But if you go for experienced players, the wages are massive. We have to go with what we have got. The philosophy of bringing young lads in is likely to remain. Look at the values of some of them now, I'm pretty sure it's a healthier place now than when we came in.'

Very few will disagree with the youthful element, but again experience doesn't have to equate to somebody over 30 years old wanting £60,000 a week.

Experience comes from games and whilst there are gems we should be looking at in the lower leagues and abroad, there are also experienced players who could do a job for us, who wouldn't cost an arm and a leg but would provide us with a more experienced balance on the pitch and training pitch for the youngsters to learn from.

For too long we've looked more at the journeymen aspect on players, who then leave us on a free because nobody will pay to take them, but we don't need to lurch completely to the other side.

Let's hope as well as the next Westwood and Lowton, Lambert also finds those around the 25 year old bracket who have the potential to step up, but already have 200+ games under their belt and have that on pitch savvy to help see games out.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday May 16 2013
Time: 4:18PM


10 out. 5 in. Quality over quantity. Not bothered if they are big names or not.
16/05/2013 17:43:00
Agree voice I for one love what Lambert is doing love these young players giving it all for the villa cause!
16/05/2013 18:44:00
So it looks like we may be suffering another season of brinkmanship again next season does it?
Pride of Lions
16/05/2013 18:55:00
I think we have a decent team that is coming together but it does worry me we will be doing the same if we don't buy quality players..... don't have to be big time Charlies but young quality players making there mark............. abroad maybe is our best bet.........saying that another Westwood and Lowton from the lower leagues i would snap up tomorrow....gonna be interesting by the sound of things..............still think we will be a better team next 10 no probs....
16/05/2013 22:39:00
There are loads of players in the championship, premiership, la liga, serie A, bundesliga etc that are decent mid to late 20s who have experience, ambition and the ability to play at a higher level than they are currently just because of the way their career has gone. Their wages aren't huge and they have the potential to increase in value. If we are going to stick to recruiting kids then the need to bolster the coaching staff especially defensively is even more pressing
16/05/2013 22:47:00
Glad to hear this. The gaff is bang on. The apathy and wage drain mentality has gone and the players who were part of that have been or will be shown the door until the club has been healed of it. Lambert's philosophy is part of that. This group will progress and another group who will start to come in under and around them. In Lambert I trust.
16/05/2013 23:28:00
I am a fan of Mr Lambert but we must not lose sight of the fact that we did not play as a team with any consistency until March and even since then we lost to Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea (the last two after we were leading). I agree with the "youth policy" he is developing but question the maturity of the younger players in footballing terms of understanding and following his philosophy. If we now recruit another group of younger and inexperienced lower division players, can we expect more of the same next year. The time has come, I feel, for one or two mature heads on experienced shoulders.
17/05/2013 06:11:00
Our current first XI ARE now experienced. They have just experienced a hard fought relegation battle and come through it. They will provide the experience next season. Don't forget Vlaar, Gabby & Guzan ain't no spent chickens. Lambert has never actually said he will only buy from a certain age bracket. He bought Vlaar and KEA. I'm more than happy for him to keep on doing what he's doing. Some people seem to think that keeping the same transfer policy means starting back at square one again with a squad full of fresh faced kids. We have a great basis of a squad to build around. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Adam Deuce
17/05/2013 09:47:00
Like many I like Lambert and think its great to see the youngsters progressing. But not ready to get carried away we have just barely avoided relegation this season even with Bentekes 19 goals. We cannot be dependant on one player a bad injury and where would we be? It is not taking a huge gamble to have loaned a couple of experianced players in the Jan.window which might have made it easier for the youngsters and eased the tension somewhat. I know Lerner (according to the press) wants Lambert to buy players that will increase in value good idea but the best way to increase a players value is to win trophies. Like you Adam I am waiting to see what happens next and am hoping we can add a bit of quality and hopefully a decent striker to compete with Bentke.
17/05/2013 11:29:00
Another relegation battle next year then.
17/05/2013 12:49:00
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