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  • Good early signs at Lambert's Villa

    Friday 21st June 2013 21:19

    Paul Lambert: Getting his squad together

    Paul Lambert: Getting his squad together

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    Aston Villa FanZoner Tom Davis is delighted with Paul Lambert's early moves in the summer transfer market.

    To have five new arrivals before the transfer window has officially opened on July 1 is so refreshing and it makes me wonder why more clubs don't approach the market in similar vein.

    I was trying to recollect the last time we signed multiple players in the month of June and then it occurred to me.

    We signed both Stuart Taylor and Kevin Phillips under David O'Leary, although a third-choice goalkeeper and an aging journeyman was the sign of a very different club.

    In fairness, Paul Lambert never left it late to sign players at Norwich either.

    He made all four of his first signings at the club in the opening eight days of a January window, whilst he concluded spending the following summer on July 5. It's simple when you say it, but get your team assembled early and you miss out on so much hassle.

    Above all you get a whole pre-season to develop and this could be vital in helping the team find their rhythm considering the tough opening fixtures we have, playing six out of last season's top seven in the first nine games.

    Every signing made has come filled with optimism. Given their relatively unknown reputations beforehand, that just demonstrates the faith fans have in this current manager.

    Aleksandar Tonev, Leandro Bacuna and Nicklas Helenius all offer qualities that aren't currently on the table whilst Antonio Luna gives us competition in an area we struggled in last season, even if an experienced left-back my was personal preference this summer.

    The acquisition of Jores Okore is arguably the most impressive. Strong, aggressive, quick and sharp into a tackle, he is everything you would want from a defender. The fact that he is still only 20-years-old makes him that even more exciting.

    A player who rejects a move to the reigning Champions League winners in favour of first-team football is a player worth bringing to your club, and he fits the mould of what Lambert is creating perfectly.

    Both he and Ron Vlaar play on the right side of a partnership however and that could make their pairing a little unbalanced.

    Nathan Baker was starting to come into his own towards the end of last season and it would be a shame to see his progress stifled too much as he has all the makings of a future club captain.

    But these sorts of decisions are welcome and Lambert will know in his own mind how he will figure.

    With fees totalling just over a reported figure of £10 million combined (or the equivalent of nearly one Charles N'Zogbia, provided he's not injuring himself 'keeping fit'), our business this summer is even sweeter.

    Now the cherry on top of the cake would be for Christian Benteke to follow Andreas Weimann and pen a new contract, then could somebody please pinch me?

    You can follow Tom on Twitter at @tomdav1991 - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!

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