Were Aston Villa’s signings yesterday a hint from Paul Lambert that he needs more backing?
Love him or loathe him Aston Villa fans, Paul Lambert appears set to stay for at least the rest of the season or until Randy Lerner finds the backbone to admit a mistake and sack him.
Villa made two key signings yesterday; Yacouba Sylla from Clermont Foot and Simon Dawkins on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
Now, very few people will believe that Lambert is naïve enough to think that those two players are the individuals who are going to get the side out of trouble and keep them from dropping into the Championship.
No disrespect to the two players but if that is the case then someone needs to tell Lambert to walk away right now because he’s clearly leading Aston Villa down the wrong path.
Perhaps, and it’s a big perhaps, he’s trying to use the signings to make a point to Aston Villa’s owner Randy Lerner that he needs further backing financially in order to sign a higher calibre of players.
There can be no argument against the fact that Lerner does seem to have gone missing since he bought the club, made his initial investment and sat back waiting for the roses to grow. Well football is changing, and it doesn’t work like that.
The owner is not completely to blame here. If Lambert is trying to subtly make a point to his owner then he ought to be sacked right now for using a great club like Aston Villa to do just that.
It would be a lot simpler if people just talked over the phone and said exactly what they mean to each other.
The victims here are the fans because many Villa supporters will look at these signings and be a little bemused as to why the club has bought an unknown Frenchman and a player whose last match in English football came on loan at League One side Leyton Orient.
It’s not inspiring when you also consider the recent cup exits to lower league opposition and the fact that Villa now look as though they’ll be in a relegation scrap until the end of the season.
It doesn’t make any sense and it’s not going to get Aston Villa out of trouble.
There could well be no ulterior motive behind the signings in which case, what on earth has happened to the resources available to Aston Villa, a club which has always been able to compete financially with other Premier League sides.
Villa fans, what’s going on? Talk to us.
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