Lambert's progress impresses Everton's Moyes

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert

First published in Sport

David Moyes hopes Rickie Lambert does not register his 11th goal of the season when Everton visit Saints tonight, but the Toffees boss is encouraged to see the striker doing so well.

Lambert has spent most of his career in the lower leagues with the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers, but has had no trouble adjusting to the top level.

The 30-year-old's 10 goals make him the joint leading English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League along with Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, leading to talk of a possible England call-up.

Moyes said: "Like a lot of the Southampton players who have moved up through the leagues, he's done very well.

"Some of them have gone the distance with them, some of them have joined in as they've gone along but I think they've tended to keep the soul of the club.

"Rickie Lambert's been a great goalscorer through his career and he continues to do so."

Players working their way up to the top flight through the leagues have become increasingly rare, but Lambert is not the only one.

Norwich's Grant Holt and Adam Le Fondre of Reading have both made their mark at Premier League level, and Moyes hopes there will be others following in their footsteps.

He said: "I think it's something we have to try to embrace because if not we're going to be going abroad trying to buy all the players, or maybe clubs such as Everton and Southampton have got them all in their academy systems now.

"I'm now quite sure that's true and I do think it would be great if we were still able to bring in players from the lower leagues.

"We went and got Tim Cahill, Andy Johnson and Joleon Lescott and I think people got the message that we're trying to pick up players from lower down if we can."

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11:32am Mon 21 Jan 13

RockinEd says...

Hope Rickie plays tonight... Cant help but think that he'll be playing for West Ham or Newcastle before long and we'll have some guy that has a role neck shirt with gloves, complicated hair and a penchant for amazing theatrical multi-role diving...
Hope Rickie plays tonight... Cant help but think that he'll be playing for West Ham or Newcastle before long and we'll have some guy that has a role neck shirt with gloves, complicated hair and a penchant for amazing theatrical multi-role diving... RockinEd
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11:34am Mon 21 Jan 13

ThatMatthewGuy says...

Opposition manager is impressed by Rickie's 10 goals. Shock horror. Zzzzz reporting.
Opposition manager is impressed by Rickie's 10 goals. Shock horror. Zzzzz reporting. ThatMatthewGuy
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12:15pm Mon 21 Jan 13

St. Case says...

ThatMatthewGuy wrote:
Opposition manager is impressed by Rickie's 10 goals. Shock horror. Zzzzz reporting.
Ain'tyou a ray of sunshine. Boring comment to a positive story. Go hide in the corner...
[quote][p][bold]ThatMatthewGuy[/bold] wrote: Opposition manager is impressed by Rickie's 10 goals. Shock horror. Zzzzz reporting.[/p][/quote]Ain'tyou a ray of sunshine. Boring comment to a positive story. Go hide in the corner... St. Case
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12:16pm Mon 21 Jan 13

St. Case says...

St. Case wrote:
ThatMatthewGuy wrote:
Opposition manager is impressed by Rickie's 10 goals. Shock horror. Zzzzz reporting.
Ain'tyou a ray of sunshine. Boring comment to a positive story. Go hide in the corner...
Space missing *Ain't you*
[quote][p][bold]St. Case[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThatMatthewGuy[/bold] wrote: Opposition manager is impressed by Rickie's 10 goals. Shock horror. Zzzzz reporting.[/p][/quote]Ain'tyou a ray of sunshine. Boring comment to a positive story. Go hide in the corner...[/p][/quote]Space missing *Ain't you* St. Case
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12:16pm Mon 21 Jan 13

mbetts says...

Wouldn't surprise me if Everton bid for him, a move back home in the top flight might appeal?
Wouldn't surprise me if Everton bid for him, a move back home in the top flight might appeal? mbetts
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12:28pm Mon 21 Jan 13

RedArmy1 says...

COME ON RICKIE !!!

WE GO TONIGHT TO ST MARY'S TO SEE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON GET THE WIN !!

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRMY
COME ON RICKIE !!! WE GO TONIGHT TO ST MARY'S TO SEE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON GET THE WIN !! RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRMY RedArmy1
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12:45pm Mon 21 Jan 13

olddellsaint says...

mbetts wrote:
Wouldn't surprise me if Everton bid for him, a move back home in the top flight might appeal?
I can see this also, me thinks this is going tobe a young side along with a few older players all season and into the next season when we make a bid for a Euro place.
[quote][p][bold]mbetts[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't surprise me if Everton bid for him, a move back home in the top flight might appeal?[/p][/quote]I can see this also, me thinks this is going tobe a young side along with a few older players all season and into the next season when we make a bid for a Euro place. olddellsaint
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1:08pm Mon 21 Jan 13

murfmeister says...

whoever the manager is, Rickie is key to our survival and must not be allowed to leave under any circumstance!
whoever the manager is, Rickie is key to our survival and must not be allowed to leave under any circumstance! murfmeister
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1:08pm Mon 21 Jan 13

SO50 Saint says...

I think MP will start to build the team around Gaston, I also think that this was one of the reasons for Nigel's sacking. 12 million spent on a player was not spent to play him out wide and not involved or on the bench. Wouldn't be suprised to see it like when Bally came in and built a team around Le Tiss
I think MP will start to build the team around Gaston, I also think that this was one of the reasons for Nigel's sacking. 12 million spent on a player was not spent to play him out wide and not involved or on the bench. Wouldn't be suprised to see it like when Bally came in and built a team around Le Tiss SO50 Saint
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1:31pm Mon 21 Jan 13

mbetts says...

murfmeister wrote:
whoever the manager is, Rickie is key to our survival and must not be allowed to leave under any circumstance!
Unfortunately as the last few days have proved what Saints fans wish for and believe in means diddly squat!
[quote][p][bold]murfmeister[/bold] wrote: whoever the manager is, Rickie is key to our survival and must not be allowed to leave under any circumstance![/p][/quote]Unfortunately as the last few days have proved what Saints fans wish for and believe in means diddly squat! mbetts
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4:31pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Dundas20012002@yahoo.co.uk says...

We must be careful not to put all of our eggs in one basket. We must not rely on one player such as Rickie or Gaston. I do however not like to see Rickie spending too much time on the bench, He is a natural goalscorer and that is time on the bench should be limited.
Dundas20012002, Dundas Canada.
We must be careful not to put all of our eggs in one basket. We must not rely on one player such as Rickie or Gaston. I do however not like to see Rickie spending too much time on the bench, He is a natural goalscorer and that is time on the bench should be limited. Dundas20012002, Dundas Canada. Dundas20012002@yahoo.co.uk
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5:12pm Mon 21 Jan 13

peachy1 says...

RL got a massive LFC tattoo don't think he'd play For Everton
RL got a massive LFC tattoo don't think he'd play For Everton peachy1
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5:12pm Mon 21 Jan 13

peachy1 says...

RL got a massive LFC tattoo don't think he'd play For Everton
RL got a massive LFC tattoo don't think he'd play For Everton peachy1
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