Regular readers of this blog will know I dont get excited about too much (well maybe OGS, Phillips etc !!!).
However on Saturday the Kick Off to the West Ham game is only four weeks ago. I do feel that Paul Lambert’s pre season work has yet to really begin. We have talked ad nauseum about possible transfers in or out but we all know much more to go in that way.
An area we do not discuss often is on the formation of the team and that defines the players you get in to fit your system. It could be that Lambert has to fit in what he has and maybe few other transfers in ?
However what we have seen in the limited pre season so far gives us no clue as to what the preferred system is. I know Lambert likes to play different formations and system but all managers have a preferred system. So far we have seen 4-4-2, 4-1-2-1-2 and a form of 4-3-3. No one today if no other moves in or out could say with any certainty the majority who will start at Upton Park.
I guess I can say with confidence that if fit El Ahamadi will start, I think we may see Holman, Bent of course but beyond that would be guesswork. That does make this season exciting for many fans. Lambert has certainly got a lot of good will not seen since MON to be a success at Villa. Season ticket sales could reach 25,000 and that says so much after last seasons disaster and the optimism around Villa Park.
I of course do have to end on a negative !!
From Vital it appears the big screen at the North stand is back, grrrrr I can watch a game without the need to see a replay within 5 seconds !