Interesting what has come out of the pre match interview.
He knows perfectly well how the press operate and how they can just make anything sound like they want to. So when he was asked at the conference about Defoe and Jones his reply as below is a typical football managers statement.
But Lambert said it is a case of “wait and see” in terms of whether either will be heading to Villa Park.
Villa has been linked strongly with Defoe, who netted England’s winner against Italy in Berne, and Trinidad and Tobago forward Jones.
When asked if interested in the pair, Lambert said: “You are talking about two really good players, different types of players there.
“I think a club this size will always be linked with players of that ilk.
“I don’t think you ever stop looking for players. You have always got to try and improve.
“Whether they come in or not, we will have to wait and see but any manager will tell you, you are always going to look for players.”
Managers rarely diss players publicly and I think Jones is someone he may look at for what he gives. However the links to Defoe make no sense in terms of age, wages and fees. He has said to us all and his signings prove he wants younger keen and something to prove players. Defoe fits none of them and of course we know Defoe and Bent never worked before and will not.
I am happy he is talking about this though. Unlike what some may think it is not like we have stopped looking for players but they have to meet strict guidelines.
If I had to put money on things then a Left Back will be with us before Everton and I suspect Jones before the end of the window.