Lambert continues to do everything right
The good feelings are continuing aplenty this preseason, and since our opening victory against Burton on Saturday, the good news keeps coming.
The first concerns the possible new signing of Feyenoord central defender Ron Vlaar, news that first broke yesterday but is becoming more wide spread now. Indeed according to goal.com, Feyenoord’s sporting director Martin van Geel has stated that Vlaar does indeed want to move to us, and that the Dutch side took two team photos today, one with, and one without Vlaar should he move on.
Here are a few quotes from the piece:
“Ron visited Birmingham yesterday and wants to continue his career at Aston Villa,”
“We met with him last week to discuss a contract extension, but that was not an option. It’s true that he has a buy-out clause. I won’t reveal how much exactly we’re talking about, but we’re obviously talking about millions here.”
A buy-out clause had started to be talked about, with some mentioning a figure of around £3 million. Van Geel’s quotes maybe suggest it might be a bit more, but either way it looks like he won’t cost the earth.
Anyway back to Lambert, and I’m loving everything that he continues to do at our club. Saturday was a positive start, and as mentioned I enjoyed seeing him prowl the touchline and interact with the fans. Initial indications are he’s already brought well, with Lowton looking solid and El Ahmadi looking very much the part on the weekend. Right back and defensive midfield were definitely areas we needed to strengthen, and now with the targeting of Vlaar it seems Lambert is keen to address another one in central defence.
Have written many a time that I’d have no issue with getting rid of the favoured back four from last season (Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock) and with the signing of Lowton and possible signing of Vlaar, it seems Lambert is perhaps of the same thinking.
The future for Hutton at Villa is looking particularly bleak at the moment after he was left out of the squad that today travels to the States for our preseason tour. It looks like he’ll be off sooner rather than later, especially when taking into account the arrival of Lowton. I’d be happy with Lowton and Lichaj in the position next season, and the chance to get rid of a player who was hardly a fans favourite is a welcome bonus. Add to this he was a classic McLeish player, and it just adds to the new start feeling we’re all enjoying at the moment.
Of course Lambert won’t continue to get everything right, (I’d happily be proven wrong!) but this is a great start to his tenure as Villa boss. He’s targeting areas of real need, areas we’ve all earmarked previously and he’s signing quality players for good value.
We have the lookings of a decent side, and Lambert looks like he wants to make us better.
Long may it continue.