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Lambert - We Will See About Grant Holt

The last name is fitting, but if the reaction is anything to go off yet, this was not one of the things the majority of fans wanted to hear out of manager Paul Lambert's mouth following the shambolic, lethargic, clueless, and hoofing loss to Arsenal tonight.

Minus that 15 or so minute spell at the end where we did actually look very dangerous because shock horror, we remembered possession is useful, and that we can be quite exciting when the ball isn't predictably travelling 60 foot in the air.

It would've been a travesty on Arsenal had we equalised, there's no denying that, but until we went back to hoofing it from the halfway line as regulation time came to a close, we actually looked like we might just pull of the theft of the season when you consider how we'd played for the 70 minutes previous.

Anyway, I'm not dealing with the match tonight.

Speaking to the press following the game it appears a question was asked about former Norwich striker and current our of favour Wigan striker Grant Holt, as rumours have circulated - I believe from Sky Sports referencing speculation that he will be at the club tomorrow for a medical ahead of a loan spell.

He answered.

'There's things going on with a few and we'll try to get people in. I know Grant from my Norwich days, he was absolutely brilliant for us. It's a couple of years later down the line, so we'll see.'

After previously ignoring most elements of experience in our new 'project' he was pressed further and added.

'There is that (experience), plus he's a proper man.'

I'm sure he is a proper man, I'm no expert on him, but surely the first port of call is to recognise that this team look dangerous and quite good (albeit not even maybe top 6 good), and do get the fans going in the brief moments they actually play the game of football, remember to be played in their correct positions, and try and break teams down the old fashioned way - down the wings and through the middle with quick pacey football.

Letting the opponent have the possession because it's irrelevant doesn't actually work for us.

Maybe we do need another option owing to the injury of Kozak, but why is there a tendency to not try something new? A player we've signed and ignored. A player already here who has experience. A different style or play that suit the strengths of the team because there is no way that group are polemically only capable of counter attacking.

That tactic works less often than it does and even if you look at last season, the counter attacking element - when we were at our best - was married with playing the ball on the ground, keeping possession and setting and dictating the pace to the opposition.

The forum is certainly torn, as it just seems like we are out of ideas and unwilling to try something bold. Hell it might not even work, trying to play a game of football for 90 minutes in the right way, but what we're doing at the moment certainly isn't bloody working either.

At least with the latter suggestion, the crowd have something to cheer - just as they did again tonight when we started playing like that and some belief came back.

Holt could well do a job for us, I'm not knocking him. A loan spell, cover for Kozak, but doesn't that just mean really that neither Gabby or Weimann will get to play in their proper positions for longer? whatever fans might think, nor that Helenius and even Bowery won't be given a proper run in the side to see what they are capable of.

And despite all the young, hungry mantra...that those from our U21 set up will be further away from even the tastes of football they should be getting in the first team this season to bring them on that touch more, so if for no other reason, they at least see clearly the improvements they need to make if they want to step up to the first team during the rest of the season?

Maybe it's just me. But we can all name strikers in the lower leagues who could be worthy of a shot because their record gives them that right and we aren't going for them are we? But two seasons in practically, where experience wasn't necessary, and Holt wasn't an option for us when he left Norwich, he's now potentially a fall back position?

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 13 2014

Time: 11:13PM

Your Comments

I'd prefer a guide dog seeing about Holt. Hopefully he'd lift his leg!!!!
Pride of Lions
This would be an astonishing transfer, and not good astonishing either.
Great a 17 stone stiff hod carrier will really transform our play.
Bikini Inspector
Were talking about a loan move to the end of the season with Grant Holt as cover. I'm sure Lambert will only take him if he thinks he can physically hack it. If that's the case I've no problem with it. Also, I didn't think the performance tonight was lethargic. Lots of energy and intent. I didn't think it was shambolic either. It just didn't work. Too little possession and poor on the counter with it. The best thing is that Benteke is back. Team applauded off the pitch in the end. Fair play for the second hand fightback.
Second hand fight back Grizzly?? You're right in one thing, nothing new to see here.
Lambert is a loon baller Iv been cutting him slack in the forum but if he goes for this deal... Jesus H. Christ what can I say... His decision making is terrible...
2 ex Norwich and 1 still at Norwich transfers on the cards,Jesus haven't we fell
I actually think pulling Dwight Yorke out of retirement would be better than signing Holt. Not joking either.
Bikini Inspector
if he really rated Holt, he would have brought him with him when he left the Canaries
Lambert just go pack your bags and leave us alone,same goes for you Lerner, your mothballing and killing our great club, i am fuming, wtf has happend to this great club? We need to fight against this assault on this club!
I still would like to see some experienced signings for the midfield and to back up Vlaar, but I tend to agree with Grizzly about the performance today. There's surely much room for improvement, but the second half was a good step in the right direction. The way the first half went, the match could have easily ended 0-4, but the team did not fold. Also agree about Holt - if a loan move, it could not hurt.
Virginia Villan
Well since we've lost one of our main strikers to a broken leg, then it makes sense to bring someone else in, and why not Holt? He's experienced and a big dirty handful, and was being talked about being called up to the England squad a season or two ago. Of course, if Holt is the only business we do in this window, that's a different matter completely...
Stephen Jay Hawkings
Stephen your right btw, Holt is big and dirty thats about it mate!
You get the feeling that if his chief scout found 2 young lads named Suarez and Aguero, he wouldn't give them a 2nd look once he noticed that they weren't at least 6'4" tall. Too small to make it in this league!
marlin magic
Have they created a crack den in Faulkner's office? They must be on something dodgy the way this great club of ours is being run. Grant frigging Holt??????? This had better not be a sign of what else is coming during the window, because if it is, my hard earned will be staying in my pocket, and will remain there until Lerner and the other two clowns have gone. My patience is running out.
Dennis Jones
Stephen, we are Villa. Don't you think we should be aiming a bit higher than Holt? Ambition is a word Randy knows nothing about..... or he does but just doesn't care. This is becoming a joke.
Just where are villa going? Holt another champ player, 2 goals in 21 games? What is this our new no10 creative player? Words fail me, Lambert looked clueless on the side line against arsenal!
Stop whinging10
Why bring an out of favour Holt in? Why not go nuts and go for Connor Wickham (who's banging them in at the moment). Seems like a 'not sure what to do, so I'll do something I did a while ago' type decision...
shock news!! just heard sir Alex Ferguson has been spotted on holiday with Russ Abbott................isn't he supposed to be having a medical down the villa? along with Wes WHO lahan?
why did we let Heskey go ?lol

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