It is becoming very clear that Lambert’s decision to cast aside a number of Villa’s experienced players is backfiring, as their services at this moment in time could prove to be the difference between winning, drawing or losing games.
The Villans are not safe yet – despite the players producing performances that would suggest we are – and I believe the inexperience within the squad is one of the key complications for Lambert.
I have never been a fan of Lambert’s famous ‘bomb squad’: I just think it is utterly nonsensical and petty. I’m a true believer that, despite not having the most glowing careers in their Villa shirts, the services of our unwanted, experienced players could give the squad a better sense of solidity and more of a chance of winning a game!
It seems that Charles N’Zogbia has been thrown into the reserves as he admitted via his Instagram account that he is not allowed to train with the first team. If true, it would appear that the French player is set to suffer the same fate as the likes of Alan Hutton, Shay Given, Darren Bent and Stephen Ireland.
I cannot help but think that every single player above could have been utilised this season and would have performed better than the players currently involved in this campaign. What is the worst that could have happened if Lambert had kept hold of them and played them?
If the N’Zogbia speculation is true and Lambert has shut him out then this has to be the final straw for me. I think that decision is a shambolic one. N’Zogbia isn’t our saviour but his experience and his attacking threat could have given us a much better conversion rate in front of goal – particularly with his creative ability. Plus, he is the type of player that Lambert has apparently been hunting for in the transfer market for. We paid just under £10 million for N’Zogbia and not even considering playing him baffles me when he played a part in keeping us in the Premier League with goals against West Ham and Fulham, as well as the odd assist.
I’m confident that we will remain in the Premier League but I hope that Lerner gives Lambert significant funds to improve the squad for us to have any chance of showing progress rather than decline. I would give Lambert until Christmas 2014 but live in hope that his decision-making skills improve considerably by then.