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Lambert happy to rely on youth
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists he is happy to put his faith in young talent ahead of their trip to 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." As for City's history of big-money signings, Lambert said: "That's something for them. It's not something I've looked at. "I don't look over my shoulder and think I would love to have that. It doesn't worry me. I'll just consider my own team."
Villa have been linked with signing Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane for a second loan spell in January after he netted three goals in seven games on loan last season. But Lambert said: "I've not seen that, so I don't know. I don't know the situation there at all. "When January gets closer I'll start to think about things. "Robbie Keane is a brilliant player and has been over the years." Despite City's unbeaten league record, Lambert insists Villa will face them full of confidence after their performance in losing 3-2 to Manchester United last weekend. Villa also caused a shock by winning 4-2 at City in the Capital One Cup earlier in the season, and Lambert said: "You don't know what team is going to play against you in terms of personnel. They have an abundance of top players. "The cup win will give the lads a bit of belief but it is a completely different game. It will be different personnel that will play. "But they have done it once and that will be in their heads. I know how hard it is going to be but we are playing well enough to cause them trouble."
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