Lambert wants competition at Saints

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Rickie Lambert says he wants his place in the Saints team to come under threat next season.

The 32-year-old has featured in all-but-one of the club’s 34 league games this term, with an increasing onus on him following the January departure of record-signing Dani Osvaldo.

While Lambert’s position as Saints’ number-one striker is currently undisputed, he would like to see another player added in that position this summer.

“I hope so,” he said. “I don’t want to be the only striker really, I want them to bring in top-quality players and I think we do need a striker, so I hope so.”

The England World Cup hopeful believes that there is already one other player at the club, however, who will become an increasingly influential presence next season – 18-year-old Sam Gallagher, pictured below.

“I think he can play the top role really well,” said Lambert.

“He’s 18, and his understanding of the game already is superb.

“If he carries on progressing, I think next year you’re really going to see Sam progress into a top player.

“His progression over the last six months has been frightening really.

“When I first saw him, I was a little bit unsure, but, after two or three months of training with the first team, you could see what he had, and it’s full credit to the coaching staff, under-21s, and the manager as well.”

With Gallagher learning the same position that he operates in so effectively, Lambert explained that he tries to offer guidance whenever it is appropriate to the teenager.

“It’s little moments you get now and again where you think that you can help him,” he said.

“You can go up to him and speak to him, but you’ve just got to wait for little moments where you think ‘Try and do this a little bit differently,’ or stuff like that.

“But, like I said, the attitude on the kids coming up, it’s full credit to like Doddsy [under-18s coach Jason Dodd], and the under-21s, because they’re just willing to learn.

“The attitude’s top class and they take on everything, so, yeah, I do try and help them when I can.”

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6:59am Sat 19 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Are you listening Ralph?
Are you listening Ralph? Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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7:38am Sat 19 Apr 14

aldermoorboy says...

One of Saints best ever centre forwards
One of Saints best ever centre forwards aldermoorboy
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7:43am Sat 19 Apr 14

Tirau Dan says...

We love Ya Rickie no way was it envisaged for you to do a lone ranger all the way to the top of the prem.. 10 goals and 10 assts.. only 9 in top european football have done that.. We ask changing roles and yet don't provide sufficient depth up from to take the weight... we all know it.. Most of all Poch and of course the board will know it.... the financial burden carried by Katarina is something to be extremely grateful for.. I hope we can find the investment required to show the way to Europe..Had that pillock Oswaldo pulled finger I'm sure we could have made top 6... we are unlikely to regain that cash so can we get a decent replacement within our budget.. and perhaps a cb? If anyone can our board can.. Total faith.. COYR
We love Ya Rickie no way was it envisaged for you to do a lone ranger all the way to the top of the prem.. 10 goals and 10 assts.. only 9 in top european football have done that.. We ask changing roles and yet don't provide sufficient depth up from to take the weight... we all know it.. Most of all Poch and of course the board will know it.... the financial burden carried by Katarina is something to be extremely grateful for.. I hope we can find the investment required to show the way to Europe..Had that pillock Oswaldo pulled finger I'm sure we could have made top 6... we are unlikely to regain that cash so can we get a decent replacement within our budget.. and perhaps a cb? If anyone can our board can.. Total faith.. COYR Tirau Dan
  • Score: 21

8:26am Sat 19 Apr 14

Chipmonk1 says...

Being one of the happy clappers I spoke up for the new board and welcomed the apparent new era of transparency that looked upon us. However even I am becoming concerned with the constant (discreet) calls from the players and manager for contracts to be signed, budgets confirmed and generally a clear statement of intent on where the board see the future of the club going. It doesn't concern me too much I'll still be supporting no matter what. But I feel for those within the club that were sold a vision and bought in to it. Right now I wouldn't begrudge any player moving on. Re-signing MoPo would be statement enough for now.
Being one of the happy clappers I spoke up for the new board and welcomed the apparent new era of transparency that looked upon us. However even I am becoming concerned with the constant (discreet) calls from the players and manager for contracts to be signed, budgets confirmed and generally a clear statement of intent on where the board see the future of the club going. It doesn't concern me too much I'll still be supporting no matter what. But I feel for those within the club that were sold a vision and bought in to it. Right now I wouldn't begrudge any player moving on. Re-signing MoPo would be statement enough for now. Chipmonk1
  • Score: 6

10:56am Sat 19 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Are you listening Ralph?
Of course he isn't listening he is on a bicycle heading for Villa Park. Plenty of time to sort it before the new window opens.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Are you listening Ralph?[/p][/quote]Of course he isn't listening he is on a bicycle heading for Villa Park. Plenty of time to sort it before the new window opens. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 7

11:09am Sat 19 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Are you listening Ralph?
Of course he isn't listening he is on a bicycle heading for Villa Park. Plenty of time to sort it before the new window opens.
I so hope you're right Ospers.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Are you listening Ralph?[/p][/quote]Of course he isn't listening he is on a bicycle heading for Villa Park. Plenty of time to sort it before the new window opens.[/p][/quote]I so hope you're right Ospers. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 8

11:32am Sat 19 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Are you listening Ralph?
Of course he isn't listening he is on a bicycle heading for Villa Park. Plenty of time to sort it before the new window opens.
I so hope you're right Ospers.
I am trying so hard to be patient, they say good things come to those that wait.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Are you listening Ralph?[/p][/quote]Of course he isn't listening he is on a bicycle heading for Villa Park. Plenty of time to sort it before the new window opens.[/p][/quote]I so hope you're right Ospers.[/p][/quote]I am trying so hard to be patient, they say good things come to those that wait. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 8

1:57pm Sat 19 Apr 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Rickie's right we must get a proven striker while Sam is developing, what about Benteke or Bony, or take a punt on Danny Ings who is still only 21.
For centreback I would go for Steven Caulker, still only 22 but looked good last week.
An experienced goalkeeper (Marshall or Ruddy) and pacy winger (Zaha ?) would complete the requirement provided we keep all our young stars.
Time for the new board to end the speculation and state categorically that none of our first team squad will be sold especially Luke & Adam.
Rickie's right we must get a proven striker while Sam is developing, what about Benteke or Bony, or take a punt on Danny Ings who is still only 21. For centreback I would go for Steven Caulker, still only 22 but looked good last week. An experienced goalkeeper (Marshall or Ruddy) and pacy winger (Zaha ?) would complete the requirement provided we keep all our young stars. Time for the new board to end the speculation and state categorically that none of our first team squad will be sold especially Luke & Adam. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 6

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