These Euro’s have been great, plenty of goals, exciting games and some quality.
However no matter how good a Kjaer is or a Mandžukić is and seems to be in terms of cost we have to remember players shine then fail. We of course got Baros after top scoring, what a disaster that was. Houllier got the likes of Diouf at Liverpool, disaster.
However there is no doubt that if you are scouting a player beforehand and he does very well then of course this helps. I have seen a story Arthur Numan left Villa then another that he is in Poland, I hope it is the latter. He scouted and recommended Holman who I think could be an astute free signing and has a track records. Given we will spend but not as much as maybe we want, bargains are the order of the day.
What we can see in Lambert’s track record is he will buy young and from the lower leagues. He does not have a foreign track record but has never had the scouting resources before. When you see players like Kjaer (and I have never hid my admiration for Scandinavians) then these players are low cost and worth the risk.
These are the areas where of course Lambert will have to step up. For too long we ignored the foreign market, it worked not to go there but there are players we should be looking at. I am excited by the age and scope of our links, I am sure Naughton will sign a player we should have got from Sheff Utd.
However a few years ago I could care about foreign signings and now we need some.