Youth the key for Lambert

Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he is happy to put his faith in young talent ahead of the Premier League game at Manchester City.

Lambert spent £22million on rebuilding his squad in the summer, with the emphasis on up-and-coming players such as Christian Benteke, Matt Lowton, Joe Bennett and Ashley Westwood.

It is the philosophy that brought him success at Norwich, although the Scot will not shy away from signing an experienced player if he fits in with his plans. When asked if signing young players is out of choice or financial necessity, Lambert said: “It’s my way. I’ll not deviate from my way.

“You speak to other managers and take advice from them. It would always be my decision. Yes, I love to win but the project is long term. I know I need to get results but I’d rather a team that is giving everything. I know you take knocks, but it’s how you come back from them.

“I think they all growing into it, the young lads. If you look at the average age, it is a very young side but that is great for the future. If we keep growing together, we’ll have a right strong side.

“I couldn’t ask for anymore, not just the effort but the way they have played. Would I sign experienced players? It’s not something I’ll turn away from. If they have got the right attitude to go and do it, and they fit into the group, then I’d look at that.”