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Lambert: Loaned Youngsters Something We'll Look at in January
Tuesday, 27th Nov 2018 16:11

Blues boss Paul Lambert has discussed the youngsters currently out on loan with academy chiefs Bryan Klug and Lee O’Neill and says he will look at their situations in January.

Midfielder Tristan Nydam, 19, is with St Johnstone in Scotland, where he has hardly feature, while 20-year-old central defender Luke Woolfenden is in League Two with Swindon, right-back Josh Emmanuel, 21, is in League One with Shrewsbury and striker Ben Morris, 19, netted his first senior goal for League Two Forest Green Rovers at the weekend.

Lambert says he is aware of their situations and has talked about them with academy head of coaching and player development Klug and O’Neill, who is continuing as academy director despite having taken on a general football operations role.

“We know everything that’s going on with them,” Lambert said. “We’ve spoken about them, especially with Bryan and Lee and people like that, who in their opinion thought was worth bringing back and it’s something we’ll look at when their loan period is up.”

Nydam's spell in the Scottish Premiership is up in January, while Woolfenden, Emmanuel and Morris are all on season-long loans but with the Blues able to cut their stints short in the winter window.

One man who is already back at Playford Road is 20-year-old striker Aaron Drinan, Vanarama National League Sutton United having ended his spell there early towards the end of last week.

“He’s another loan lad coming back, I don’t know too much about him,” Lambert confessed. “There’s so much work here to get done, not just on the football side, everything here we have to try and reconnect.

“The loan lads are part of it. But you have to build something here and we’ll have a look at him in due course.”

As well as players, Lambert has also had to familiarise himself with the staff already at the club in the month that he has been at Town.

Asked what he has made to them, he joked: “I think my own staff, the lads I’ve brought with me, I think they’re really poor! No, they’ve been brilliant, Stuart [Taylor, his assistant manager], the two Jims [goalkeeping-coach Jimmy Walker and fitness coach Jim Henry] and Gilly [first-team coach Matt Gill] have been brilliant.

“We didn’t know anybody when we came in the door, so it's an open vision you’ve got for it. What I think the club has probably lacked is everybody trying to play the same way.

“We’ve tried to implement that with Chris [Hogg] and Nashy [Gerard Nash, the U23s coaches] and filtered down [to younger academy teams] with Bryan.

"You want everybody to try and play the same way throughout the club so it’s just an easier transition to get into the first team so that when kids do come up they know the moves that I want to do.

“And I’ve got to say, they’ve all been trying it. We’ll have a coaches’ meeting in a few weeks and we’ll show the coaches what we expect at the different age levels.

“I think that’s got to be structured and that’s what I want to do. It takes time but we have to start somewhere, it’s like throwing a seed in the grass, you have to let it grow.”

He says his time playing in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won a Champions League winners medal in 1997, has had an impact on his management.

“Playing over there was great, I played with an unbelievable football club,” he reflected. “You can talk about world class players being flippant, but I really played with world class players, they were brilliant.

“I played under a great manager [Ottmar Hitzfeld] with great support behind it, everything about it was incredible. I played against great sides, great Bayern Munich teams, Schalke, I could go through them all.

“I also did my pro licence over there which was a great learning curve. I enjoyed my time over there and it’s well documented that I go over there and pick up different things, different ideas from different managers. That’s a big part of how a try and run a football club.”

More and more British players, youngsters in particular, are moving to the Bundesliga and he says it can be a good move for them.

“I think if you get the right football club,” he added. “I think going abroad, it’s a great experience, it’s an eye-opener.

“I was fortunate, I played for a great, great club. You’ve got to get the right club and first and foremost you have to learn the language, you have to get that language sorted right away from day one if you can.

“It’s a difficult language to learn German, but once you get the basis of it and if you’re at the right club it’s a fantastic country to play in.”

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Suffolkboy added 16:29 - Nov 27
Overwhelming enthusiasm & dedication !__rather than the previous overwhelming !!
The more we see & the more we hear the more we can and do believe in Paul Lambert and his team .
Thank goodness !

rugbytomc added 16:34 - Nov 27
What I think the club has probably lacked is everybody trying to play the same way.

“We’ve tried to implement that with Chris [Hogg] and Nashy [Gerard Nash, the U23s coaches] and filtered down [to younger academy teams] with Bryan.

"You want everybody to try and play the same way throughout the club so it’s just an easier transition to get into the first team so that when kids do come up they know the moves that I want to do.
Just a shame neither Mick or Hurst tried to get the senior teams to play the same style as the U-23s downwards as they are the ones who seem to know how to get the ball down and play!

ArnieM added 16:45 - Nov 27
Hurst seemed to be saying one thing, ( recent interview comments), but did , it seems, totally the opposite.

He had minimal interest in our academy players. Shipping them out of the Club as soon as he could, and was hardly all encompassing with other established staff here. Yet in his interview he states that things need to change at the Club, or we will never be successful again.

Can’t wait for Lambert to ram that one down his throat.

KiwiBlue2 added 20:32 - Nov 27
What a world of difference PL is. He has been there and done it. While much of what he says is common sense it seems to have been beyond some of our previous managers who were either trying to be clever or thought that they knew it all.
He clearly has a strategy and I hope that he is given plenty of time to implement it, regardless of what division we are in next year. A few good additions in January and hopefully we can survive in the meantime and rebuild in the summer. Just need 3 points Wednesday night to get things going.....

Cakeman added 21:31 - Nov 27
More wise words from our much respected manager. Hopefully some of the younger players will have their loans cut short as I believe they could benefit from being around our new management team much more than by staying out on loan.

algarvefan added 07:56 - Nov 28
It seems like we are in a safe pair of hands with Lambert and that he is being realistic about our current position, getting the club right even if we don't stay up (I think we will). I'd like to see Woolfenden and Emmanuel back at the club and at least on the bench and in and around the first team.
Oh and 3 points tonight would be a great start!!

midastouch added 08:29 - Nov 28
Not sure how Woolfenden's loan is going but if his performance against West Ham is anything to go by he's worth getting back into the squad. Emmanuel might also be worth having around the squad too. Some of the others may still need more loan time although Nydam may as well come back to the U23s as he's getting very little hands-on match experience on his current loan which is a shame.

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