Aston Villa hero wants Lambert to invest in more experience

Club legend Ian Taylor has urged the Clarets boss to recruit more players with experience of playing in the Premier League for next season.

Aston Villa must bring in more experienced Premier League stars if they are to avoid another season at the wrong end of the table.

That is according to former midfielder Ian Taylor, who has urged manager Paul Lambert to consider a rethink following two seasons in which the Villans have flirted with relegation to the Championship.

Taylor was part of the Villa team that won the League Cup in 1996, appearing in a team that mixed youngsters like Ugo Ehiogu and Dwight Yorke with more experienced Premier League stars like Paul McGrath and Gareth Southgate.

That was the last time the Clarets claimed a major piece of silverware and if they are to return to winning ways in either cup competition next term, then a successful summer in the transfer market will be crucial.

For Taylor, much of that could depend on Lambert bringing the right kind of mix to the Villa squad, which he believes currently lacks top-flight experience.

"I think you have to have that blend," he told the Express and Star.

"The fact is they [the Villa squad] have not had a lot of Premier League experience. The games they have played, it’s not many. They need more Premier League games."

Taylor pointed to the lack of international call-ups as a particular concern, with just two Villa players earning call-ups to the World Cup.

Question marks still remain as to whether the former club favourite’s demands for the club will be met with current owner Randy Lerner already announcing plans to sell Aston Villa.

That decision could impact the amount of funds made available to manager Paul Lambert who could yet depart the club should any newly-installed owner opt for a change of direction.

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