Positive signs as Lambert begins to address our needs
It’s been a relatively quiet few days on the Villa front, which has been good news for yours truly after my hard drive decided to stop working meaning that the posts haven’t been as frequent as usual.
The laptop has been repaired, and right on cue the transfer links are back, and this time there actually seems to be something more concrete to it all. I’m sure most of you are by now aware that we’ve confirmed our interest in Moroccan midfielder Karim El Ahmadi. Lambert has confirmed our interest, and it looks like the defensive midfielder may well be the first new signing of this new era:
“We’re in talks at this moment. Those talks are ongoing and we hope to reach a positive conclusion with Feyenoord and the player.
“Karim is a player who I feel could definitely improve our squad. He has experience of big club football and also at international level. He can pass the ball well and he could be an important player for us in central midfield. Let’s see how things progress. We’re very hopeful.”
I don’t know anything about the player, but it doesn’t mean that the transfer hasn’t got me excited. Already it seems Lambert is addressing our needs, and for me and a lot of other people, defensive midfielder was certainly one of them. Chris Herd did an excellent job in the position last season, but we could do certainly do with more options in the middle. For me it’s one of the more important positions we need to fill, as I’m quite excited by the attacking options we have at the side.
Looking far ahead and if El Ahmadi does sign, then we could potentially see a new midfield partnership of the Moroccan next to Makoun, with two of Holman, Albrighton and N’Zogbia on the wings, with maybe Ireland and Bent ahead of them. I’m sure we’ll sign a number of other players, and Lambert does like to mix things up with regards to formation and personnel.
Of course we have a number moaning already probably not knowing the first thing about the player. Lambert can sign and target whoever he wants in my opinion, and he signed a number of players at Norwich not particularly well known, but who proved to be extremely effective. There are bargains to be had, and if we are able to add a decent player for £2 or £3 million in a needed position, then that’s a good start to what figures to be a busy summer.