Frustrated fans’ hopes are resting on Lambert’s business in the January transfer window. The latest rumour to surface suggests that Lambert is interested in bringing 20-year-old Simeon Slavchev, dubbed ‘the Bulgarian Lampard’, to B6.
Standing 6 foot 1 inch tall, the Bulgarian midfielder currently plays for PFC Litex Lovech in Bulgaria’s A Grupa and has scored fourteen goals in his twenty-two appearances for the club this season. The promising youngster also won his first international cap against the Czech Republic recently, when he came on as a substitute to make his debut.
He is valued at £875,000, which is a sum Lambert would probably be willing to pay. By all accounts, the young Bulgarian is a solid tackler, has good technique and an ability to control the ball as well as an all-important eye for goal. Take a look at the video below and see what you think:
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Of course, there is no guarantee that Slavchev would make it in the Premier League but he could offer Villa some much-needed creativity – at a price that’s in keeping with Lambert’s spending to date.