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Lambert on Graham Exit
Wednesday, 21st Nov 2018 14:44

Blues boss Paul Lambert has outlined why Jordan Graham, who was part of his squad at both Aston Villa and Wolves, is not in his plans at Town. The 23-year-old is currently training with Oxford United with a view to joining them when the transfer window opens with his season-long loan at Portman Road set to be cut short.

Graham, who previously had a short stint with Town in 2013/14, rejoined the club on loan from Wolves in August and made three starts and one sub appearance without scoring under Paul Hurst but did not feature under Lambert.

“I can only come in see with my own eyes what I think is right and what I think is wrong and I think we’ve a squad where there’s a lot of players, young ones as well, who I think are going to make an impact sooner rather than later,” Lambert said.

“I just go with my own eye. No ill feeling towards anybody, I’ll pick what I think is right and I’ll always do that.”

It’s been well-documented that Lambert disciplined Graham for off-field misdemeanours when they previously worked together but the Blues boss appeared to play down those incidents.

“Jordan was only a young kid when I was Aston Villa when I was there and he was out injured a lot at Wolves,” he recalled.

“He came back in the last few weeks but never a problem. I just pick a team that I think can win games and a group that I think I can mould the way I want to mould them.”

He confirmed that the spell is all but certain to be ended earlier when the window opens but with the Blues still paying a proportion of his wages in the meantime.

“Yes, likely so because we’ve a lot of players here,” he said. “We’ve got young players here who are coming through and they’ve got to have a chance to progress as well.”

Among those young players is 18-year-old Jack Lankester, who has clearly caught his new manager’s eye.

As I’ve said before, Jack’s got an incredible touch for the football, he’s a terrific way of playing,” he enthused.

“He’s only a kid but he’s one young one that I think, ‘Yeah, you could have a massive career’.

“We have to nurture him and give him game time when we think, ‘Go on now and let’s see what you can do’."

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JackSted added 14:48 - Nov 21
Lambert please father my babies

Northstander_Blue added 14:49 - Nov 21
Polite way of saying he's sh1te

Orraman added 15:16 - Nov 21
Great to see that we have a manager who recognises the wealth of young talent we have at the club and who looks like he will give them a chance to develop with us. Get out of our present position and I can see exciting times ahead

peteswindon added 15:28 - Nov 21
PLs blue ant white army

floridaboy added 15:29 - Nov 21
Wonder how far Huws and Bishop are away from first team football. Get them fit and an experienced striker in January and can see a positive last half of the season.


Bergholtblue added 15:41 - Nov 21
Interesting comments about Bishop. Its sounds like the last training regime wasn't doing him any favours with regards to his injury. PL appears to be nursing him through in a more considered way. However, as PL points out at 22 years old when he is fit he has got to prove that he has it in him, no good just having potential, he now needs to start delivering.

rugbytomc added 16:00 - Nov 21
I don't disagree with getting rid of Graham as from what I saw, he didn't offer anything that players we own instead of loan couldn't do. But I also think there is an ego there and a personality clash - he didn't get on with Bent at Villa. Luckily we haven't spent any money in years so we don't have any big time charlies for him to clash with!

TimmyH added 16:59 - Nov 21
Not rocket science...shows you how poor Hurst was as a manager when he continued playing Graham after his relatively poor debut, it certainly raised a few eyebrows when he went straight into the starting 11!...not good enough, really that simple.

A number on here was dismayed when we got him on loan (and rightfully so).

Dissboyitfc added 18:55 - Nov 21
what a waste of time signing him was, Awful signing!

midastouch added 08:19 - Nov 22
First impressions can count for a lot in life and what I saw of Graham against Norwich first-time out was quite enough. I recall a couple of great free-kick opportunities that my 9 year old son could of hit far better!
Sadly there was nothing very special about Graham!
Out with the old (Mick, Terry O'Cuppa, Hurst, Graham etc etc.) and in with the new (Lambert & crew).

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