Recently, there have been reports of Lambert being offered a new contract. Along with his alleged new contract, Lambert would apparently be receiving big funds for summer spending.
I’m pleased to hear this, despite knowing it may very well just be another baseless rumour. If Lambert is to receive a new deal and get a bit of cash to spend, this makes me wonder where the money was in January. If Lerner’s offering money to Lambert for the summer, why couldn’t he have provided our manager with some money last month?
It seemed clear that we were going to try to bring in a creative midfielder on a permanent deal in January. Sadly, in spite of many positive rumours, the only midfield player we really chased was Wes Hoolahan, with a mere £1 million bid. As I’m sure you all know only too well, the bid was rejected and we ended up bringing in no players other than the two loan signings, Holt and Bertrand.
Some have said that Norwich just didn’t want to sell Hoolahan to Villa, which is a fair comment to make. However, I can’t help but think that if we’d bid a bit more then they would have budged and sold the out of favour midfielder.
The question is, why didn’t we? If Lerner is allowing Lambert to splash the cash this summer why didn’t he give him a bit more money in January to get the creative player that we so desperately need in the middle of the park?
The home fixture against West Ham at the weekend provided more evidence, not that any was needed, of how much we lack a spark in that position as Lambert’s Lions created very little until Marc Albrighton came on and put in a great shift.
I just hope that the gamble involved in waiting for the summer to get a marquee signing pays off and that we don’t suffer because of that strange decision.