Very interested to read what Paul Lambert has said about wages and the type of players he want.
We all know that Villa are restricting the wage bill and thus the type of player we can attract has changed. Paul Lambert today by his quotes is clearly looking down the route where players will be looking to further their career rather than their wage packet.
Of course this restricts the amount of players available, it is unlikely therefore we can get anyone currently in a PL side. It will be a case of further signings from the same pattern we have seen of lower wages, lower fees but Lambert hopes a much higher desire to succeed.
In this day and age of high premier league wages and it will get higher it will be an interesting test of this philosophy. Clearly at smaller clubs like Norwich and Swansea you can succeed with this as expectations are lower. At Villa however the expectations are high and whilst Lambert has time and goodwill on his side I wonder how long this theory can continue.
I do like the idea of getting younger players with something to prove. I do like the idea of a few buys from abroad and see if they can work. However I am convinced that we need some top quality in CD and CM and this does require an higher wage level. If as reports are to believed, the cap for all but the very best is £45K a week, it will be very interesting who comes into these two vital positions.