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Healthy Competition Will Drive Us On

Healthy Competition Will Drive Us On

Paul Lambert has said that healthy competition for places next season will help push the squad on and help improve everybody to give stronger performances.

Speaking to the Official Site Lambert said he believed that his recent early signings will play their part in bringing out stronger and more consistent performances from the rest of the squad when we begin our second campaign under his leadership.

'Having genuine competition for places is really healthy and, in fact, vital for any club that aspires to bigger and better things. For instance, Antonio Luna has come in and he will augment and enhance the defence and give us some more options there.'

Lambert says that everybody knows we need to improve defensively and Luna will help achieve that having played 70 odd games in Spain, as he references the quality of La Liga and the different experiences he can bring with him, to help 'round' the other defenders we have.

He also says we didn't really have much competition for places last season, and whilst some will disagree and point to the players he didn't use, I think a better line would be to say we didn't have competition for the way he wanted us to play with various other players at the club not being of the style he prefers.

Rightly he also comments that having the new signings in from the first day, will help them adjust, adapt and gel with their team mates far quicker than if they'd have been brought in at the last minute, so he's hoping come the opening weekend we can hit the ground running.

'Everybody's looking forward to it, not least our fans who were terrific and steadfast in their support last season and it will be great to give them something to shout about when the campaign gets under way.'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday June 26 2013
Time: 4:17PM

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And to those that said he was MON mk2 - early signings. End of.
koolbill
26/06/2013 17:52:00
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Rightly and emphatically put koolbill. I particularly like the way he goes about things, systematically with a clear vision. As fans we should recognise that this is a break from the past, where we have learned from the Swanseas of this world and borrowing their financial structure and allied it to the state of the art facilities, bright manager, great history and potentially full houses. Will it work? No idea but I don't think it is a strategy that will strain us financially but it does have a chance of making the club strive for something we have missed in recent seasons.
Jimmy Hogan
27/06/2013 16:38:00
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Cheers Hulk ;-)
koolbill
27/06/2013 21:23:00
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On a serious note, I believe this guy may have an OCD or two. He just does not budge from his beliefs and now he's building a support system on quite a large scale. This has to be good. I cannot wait for the medium term transformation of the team.
koolbill
28/06/2013 08:04:00
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One nice thing is that he wants to play the players in THEIR right positions. Breath of fresh air that. Not rocket science, but breath of fresh air nonetheless!
The Fear
28/06/2013 10:27:00
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Better than, hmmmm, 'I'll tell ye what now, ah that's roight, lets play that feller Cuellar on the roight and eh, the well central defenders everywhere else and leave that Sidwell feller on the bench. DRINK!" But yes, it is nice, however, from Helenius himself, Lambert has already intimated a winger/striker position like Weimann so get ready for some nice multi-skilled players..it's like total football!!!!! Ok, too much. Sorry.
koolbill
28/06/2013 17:25:00
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