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Insisting that Villa are not in a position to be going for the big signings, Lambert has vowed to give young players a chance to thrive at Villa Park.
Picking up their first win in five matches with a 2-0 win over Cardiff this weekend with goals from Bacuna and Kozak, both costing in the region of 10 million, Lambert is expecting to target players of the same price range in January.
“That’s the game…it’s a challenge,” Lambert said. “Randy has been great and (chief executive) Paul Faulkner has been great but we won’t be able to do what you would call a massive signing.
“We won’t be able to go out and buy the big type of players. We have to look at the market, the young lads. We give them an opportunity and hopefully they take it.”
Given that regular first-team players Weimann, Agbonlahor, Delph and Luna are currently out with injuries, Lambert is relieved that the international break gives a two week window for recovery.
“If you look at the side we put out against Cardiff you’ll see we have lots of injuries at the moment, nearly half a team out, you know things are bare when you’re putting young kids on the bench as we did.”
Villa currently sit at eleventh on the league table. With their next fixture on the 25th of November against city rivals West Brom, Lambert is hoping to have a few of his regulars back on the pitch and fighting fit.
“If we get three or four of them back for the West Brom game then good. All things being okay, we’ll get a few back.”
Written by Laura Rawlins