West Brom striker Rickie Lambert has spoken of his ‘desperation’ to end his goal drought for the club and has vowed to ‘work harder than ever’ to overcome his slump.
The 33-year-old scored twice on his debut in a pre-season friendly at Bristol Rovers immediately after his £3million move from Liverpool in the summer, but has failed to find the net in a first-team game.
In fact, it is now nine months since the Scouser last found the net, and having fallen behind Salomon Rondon and Saido Berahino in the Albion pecking order, he knows he faces a tough task to get into the side and end his barren run.
“I’m more desperate than anyone else, it’s what I get paid for,” he told the Express & Star. “I’m just going to keep working hard and hope it comes this Saturday.”
Lambert came on for Rondon in Saturday’s victory over Sunderland with 20 minutes to go, but the former Southampton man looked off the pace.
He said: “I know there’s more to this role under Tony Pulis than just scoring goals.
“You get asked to do a lot more defensively than I’ve had to in the past, but it’s something you have to get used to and I’m trying to get as fit as I can.”
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