It is always inevitable with supporters that certain players and staff are fans favourites.
Be it Stephen Ireland, John Carew, Gordon Cowans etc these people seem to get a protection at Villa that others are not afforded from the fans. Well I believe that is all to change. Lambert is not the kind of man who is likely to hold sympathy with these kind of views. Yes if someone fits into his style and his way of thinking they will survive if not they will be out on their ears.
That has to be the way to go. Some fans may well moan at their favourite going or in reverse one of their hated players staying but Lambert is paid and paid a lot to make these calls. With the current set of players I see little case for any of the experienced players to think they could stay and I am relaxed if any of these go.
I could say if we are linked to certain names in (for example Whittingham, Steve Davis etc). IF we got them I would not be happy but it is Lambert’s call and he has to live by it and so do I !!
Only Lambert knows what he really plans, who his list may well contain and who he wants to get rid of. I would not take too much interest in comments where he says the likes of Makoun and N’Zog will get a chance. In my view the whole squad in pre season is on trial, every single player in training and pre season games will have to prove they are worthy to stay.
Given a choice these are the players I would want to be sold
Collins or Dunne (we have to buy enough defenders as it is)
Gabby or Bent (we know that they can not play together)
You can see by these list of names the issues that crop up already but wages are still a key factor for us and the scope these leaving would give us is massive. Of course some team out there will have to buy them but there are ways of doing that, in Dunne’s and Warnock’s case as in last year of contract small transfer fees.
I predict that we could have up to 15 transfer moves in and out this close season and this is massive for the club.