Should Mick McCarthy hand Rickie Lambert a lifeline?

Rickie Lambert for England

Rickie Lambert was once one of the top English strikers, but since leaving Southampton his form has dipped so much that Cardiff City felt compelled to let him go this month.

It's been a rough few years for Rickie Lambert. His move to Liverpool saw him drop out of contention for the England squad, and his inability to impress only saw him score two goals in 25 appearances in 2014-15.

Divock Origi and Christian Benteke were brought in, and Lambert was on his way to West Bromwich Albion.

Rickie Lambert for EnglandRickie Lambert at his best for England

It didn't go well for Lambert under Tony Pulis, in 2015-16, with one goal in 19 Premier League games. Life in the Championship should have seen Lambert resurrect his career, but 4 goals in 18 matches was not enough to convince Neil Warnock to to keep the ex-Southampton striker at Cardiff City. New signing Danny Ward from Rotherham really spelt the end for Lambert at Cardiff, reports the Daily Echo.  

So, Lambert is looking for a new club. League One appears a likely destination, with Bristol Rovers perhaps hoping for Lambert's return, according to the Bristol Post.

Hopes had also been raised in Plymouth, according to the Plymouth Herald and Blackburn Rovers, also in League One, had similarly been linked with Lambert, said the Lancashire Post.

But could Mick McCarthy succeed with Rickie Lambert where others have failed? McCarthy has a tendency to get the best out of players and would work Lambert hard to get him back to form and fitness. McCarthy always demands a high work rate of his players and that is what Lambert needs with game time to restore his confidence. 

The Championship side have signed Joe Garner from Rangers on a three-year deal, reports the BBC. But striker Leon Best was released, says SkySports and Keiffer Moore has gone to Rotherham United on loan, says the BBC.

Liverpool Rickie Lambert scoring their second goalLiverpool Rickie Lambert scoring for Liverpool

Lambert, 35, may feel that he is still good enough to do well in the Championship, having reached the upper echelons of professional football in his thirties, but he needs a lifeline from someone to be able to prove it. 

By lowering his wage demands and demonstrating a will to score goals and play a full season of games, Lambert could still be an additional signing for a Championship club and McCarthy may yet have space for one more forward option.

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