Former Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert criticises French recruitment, uses Christian Benteke to highlight his point

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The Blackburn Rovers boss believes Villa did not account for the character of the players.

Aston Villa are looking like they are on their way down to the Championship as they sit at the foot of the Premier League table with little hope of survival.

This comes despite the club bringing in plenty of new players in the summer.

They made wholesale changes to a team that had lost experienced players such as Fabian Delph, Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar.

But they did not sign many players who had played English football. The snapped up most of their newbies from the French football system and it would be fair to say it was an experiment that has not worked.

Former Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was speaking to Sky Sports News HQ today (23/06/2016) about his former club. He discussed the recruitment of so many players from France and used a former Villa player to highlight his concerns about Villa’s recruitment:

“Their young French lads that have come in, are probably good players. But Aston Villa need big players, maybe three or four leaders in their team.

“If you’re using Christian (Benteke) as an example I did a lot of homework on him…

“I tried to find every bit of character I could out of Christian to see what he was like. All the reports said take him and he was brilliant.

“One view is you need to find people’s characters as well. There is no point finding a talented player when he is causing absolute mayhem on your training pitch or in your training ground. It’s not healthy for anybody that.”

There is no doubt that the players Villa brought in are good players. Jordan Ayew is a dangerous attacker, Idrissa Gueye a bundle of energy, Jordan Veretout looks a silky operator whilst Jordan Amavi was the best of the bunch, prior to a nasty knee injury.

But were they were cut out for a scrap at the wrong end of the Premier League table? It certainly appears as though they were not.

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