This one Lambert stat is reason we should be excited
There have been plenty of posts dedicated to wishing our new manager Paul Lambert well, and while I am of course super happy we’ve got our new manager, I saw this stat and it gave me even more reason for optimism. Courtesy of the twitter team at Opta, I’m sure you’ll agree it makes for very pleasing reading:
‘Paul Lambert used seven different starting formations with Norwich in the Premier League last season. Flexible.’
Just how awesome is that? Firstly it’s nice to be excited about a managerial appointment, and for the first time since O’Neill I’m genuinely happy with the boards decision. Villa fans by and large are equally as pleased, and it’s nice to have everyone back unified and pushing in the same direction.
Lambert looks like he won’t take any messing around and that’s exactly what we need. I hope that some of our misbehaving lot are nervous right now, because I don’t think Lambert will take any of the antics we’ve heard about the last few years. The squad needs sorting out, and I’m really confident he can make it happen. We’re hearing reports that there is a decent amount of money to spend, and as mentioned in a previous post, Lambert has a good record of finding a bargain. He also finds players who are hungry and determined to show that they belong in the top flight. This is another reason I’m excited, because it was horrible last year to see some of our own players looking like they couldn’t give a damn about the club or the fans.
Anyway back to the stat at hand, and it will be nice to see a manager finally mixing it up. I soon fell out of love with O’Neill and a big part of that was his complete lack of a plan b. I’ve seen so many people comparing Lambert to MON, but it’s quite clear that in this respect, they differ massively. Football has changed dramatically in recent times, and you simply can’t use the same players and the same personnel week in and week out. Different opposition requires different ideas and I’m delighted to see that Lambert evidently realises this.
I also read that at times with Norwich, he’d change formation in game, sometimes up to three times. This is how it should be, and we have a core of players here with the ability to adapt well in situations like this.
This is a really good appointment for our club, and now the managerial situation is sorted, we can look forward to some juicy transfer speculation! Good times.