Lambert confident Aston Villa can attract the players they want in January

The former Norwich City manager is facing a tough debut season at his new club, but insists their standing in the game will help them to entice experienced players to the Midlands
Paul Lambert is confident he will be able to attract the players he wants to Aston Villa in the January transfer window, despite the club’s current struggles in the Premier League.

After losing their last three matches and conceding 15 times while failing to score, Villa are now embroiled in a battle against relegation from the top flight.

Lambert, though, says the club’s standing in the game will still allow him to bring in some experienced players over the next month, which he believes are needed to supplement the emerging young members of his squad.

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The ex-Norwich City boss told reporters: "No, I don’t think that will the case [not being able to attract experienced players]. I don't because I think it is not just Aston Villa that are in a fight.

"There are a right few others and in the second half of the season, as Roberto Martinez said, you have to have patience and don't panic.

"That is important. It is not just Aston Villa in a fight. Can I sell the club and its young players to an experienced player? I don't see that is a problem. The football club on its own will attract that as well.

"It is pretty easy to sell the club, the stature it has got. You don't need to be Einstein to try to sell this club. It is a huge, huge club."

Lambert then discussed Villa’s poor recent form, saying he still felt he had the backing of the club’s board, but admitting it was frustrating trying to do business in the panicked nature of the January window.

"Do I have the patience of the chairman? You would certainly like to think so. I can't influence anything like that,” said Lambert.

"I can only work with what I have, and that is the same for any manager. You try to do your job the best you can.

"But I sense that there is a togetherness when I speak to him. As I said before, I have a good relationship with the chairman but football is a results business.

"I think any football manager always has an idea of what they want and try to do in January, but I think everybody says it is an absolute nightmare of a month.

"People can panic, prices are inflated, people don't want to sell, so it is a tough one."