UK time is: 19:14:45
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Paul Lambert's Revolution At Aston Villa

Part 1

Paul Lambert's continuing transformation at Aston Villa Football Club is to continue in the upcoming months when the Summer transfer window opens on 1st July.

With two weeks until clubs make every opportunity to strengthen and avoid losing their most valued assets, Villa and Lambert have taken an advantage over other Premier League clubs by signing five players, Aleksandar Tonev, Jores Okore, Leandro Bacuna, Nicklas Helenius and Antonio Luna.

In the past two seasons Villa have been embroiled in intense relegation battles and next season no one associated with the club wants that rollercoaster of emotions again. With Lambert's physiology, similar to his former side Borussia Dortmund of promoting youth and concentrating on the club's academy being installed into the club the chances of this look less likely next season.

The majority of the claret and blue faithful were critical of Lambert's transfer policy of bringing in foreign, untested lower league players and shipping out experienced high earners, few doubters will remain after the majority of his signings were undiscovered gems. A notable couple, Brad Guzan and Christian Benteke kept Villa's Premiership status in tact for another year; contributions from Ashley Westwood and Matthew Lowton helped.

Player of the year goalkeeper Guzan and 23 goal Belgian hitman Benteke were Villa's outstanding players last year.

USA number two Guzan started the season on the bench, again deputy to Shay Given, a common occurrence for Brad. When he replaced Shay between the sticks after just two games he was determined not to let the chance pass him by again.

He had felt disappointment when in 2010 former boss Martin O'Neill decided to play Brad Friedel at Wembley against Manchester United in the League Cup final instead of him, even after he had played in every round previous to the final.

Last season he commanded his six yard box with dominance that reminded me of Brad Friedel. In the Premier League he had the most aerial catches last season and would of singularly been known for keeping Villa up had Christian Benteke not been around.

The 7m signing from Belgian side Genk was unknown before arriving at Villa Park, many fans doubting he could prove competition for Darren 'DB9' Bent which was not the case. The 'beast' bagged 23 goals in all competitions, 19 in the Premiership, only one away from equalling Peter Withe's 20 goals in one season. He is attracting interest from some of the top clubs around Europe, if Villa keep him time will tell.

Many Villa fans are expecting Lambert to repeat his previous successes of last season in this transfer window and dispel a third consecutive relegation battle; in my opinion if he does and Christian Benteke signs a new deal, a challenge for the top seven is not impossible.

Villa fans haven't seen the club challenge for the top six and even dizzy heights of the top four since Martin O'Neill's reign (2006-2010), for this to happen again Villa will have to ship out some big earners lowering the wage bill, matching owner Randy Lerner's ongoing vision.

Darren Bent (70k), Shay Given (50k) and Stephen Ireland (65k) haven't lived up to their astronomical wage and will be shipped out and replaced by much younger and more hungrier players to match Lambert's ongoing physiology.

Villa fans can expect to see up to seven departures this Summer, two have already been confirmed (Dunne and Lichaj) after their contracts expired, high earners (mentioned above) and a few fringe players will also depart. The possibility of seven out and nine in isn't too far away from what is expected at Villa this season.

When Paul Lambert took charge of Aston Villa the first thing he realised was that he was inheriting unwelcome gifts from previous managers. Owner Randy Lerner wanted the wage bill to be dramatically slashed and the club to follow in the model of bringing in youth and players through the academy, as well as keeping the club in the top flight of English football. Lambert achieved this last season and is now looking onwards to adding to the destiny he is trying to create.

In the next part Lambert's new signings (in the last two weeks) will be looked at in detail.

Vital Villa on: facebook

Vital Villa on: twitter

Join Vital Villa

It's easy to REGISTER, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Chris Heath Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 21 2013

Time: 6:18PM

Your Comments

Sums it up perfectly!
Simont123
Its gone very well so far in regards a speedy transition. This is exactly what we needed in a manager that does not mess about. The emergence of Benteke, Westwood and Lowton added to Guzan, was great for the club. If we can have a similar season with another 4 players exceeding expectations we could surprise a few at the right end of the table for a change.
Green Tea
We've been in relegation battles for three years, not two.
Endoftimes
Great article apart from: 'With Lambert's physiology' Sorry to nitpick but you used it twice!!!
Michael Joseph
i think physiology is used wrongly?? should it not be philosophy??
gruck
Cheers for the feedback on the article, all is very helpful. Yes philosophy should be the term used, cheers for the spot :)
Chris Heathy
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Something For The Weekend (459) (Friday April 18 2014)

Deeney In, Helenius Out? (Thursday April 17 2014)

Lambert Upbeat Ahead Of Saints Clash (Thursday April 17 2014)

Randy In Praise Of Lambert (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Villa Confirm Suspensions (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 856
2. The Fear 762
3. ClivetheVillan 299
4. Barney2004 245
5. Villan57 222
6. Villan Of The North 199
7. tarzan 193
8. sirdennis 187
9. Sussex Villan 177
10. BlackCountry Villa 174

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Crystal Palace 34 12 4 18 -14 40
12. West Ham 34 10 7 17 -9 37
13. Hull City 33 10 6 17 -6 36
14. Aston Villa 33 9 7 17 -14 34
15. Swansea 34 8 9 17 -5 33
16. WBA 33 6 15 12 -11 33
17. Norwich 34 8 8 18 -27 32

Breaking League News

Vital Preview: Norwich City vs. Liverpool
Liverpool : 18/04/2014 18:49:00
Vital Preview: Cardiff v Stoke
Cardiff : 18/04/2014 18:04:00
Injury Update: Defender In, Defender Out
Arsenal : 18/04/2014 17:02:00
Match Discussion - Hull City (a)
Arsenal : 18/04/2014 16:55:00
Liverpool: Reds Dominate PFA Awards Shortlists
Liverpool : 18/04/2014 15:02:00
Dylan Tombides - RIP
West Ham : 18/04/2014 14:58:00
Something For The Weekend (459)
Aston Villa : 18/04/2014 14:52:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Villa v Southampton will:
Suggested By:  Mystic Mug
Win 35%
Lose 51%
Draw 14%