Lambert still wants additions ahead of ‘60 game season’

Town boss Paul Lambert spoke this morning about the need of additions ahead of a tough gruelling campaign.

So far, just four players have been recruited for the first team squad in Tomas Holy, Will Norris, Luke Garbutt and James Norwood.

Even though Town won at Burton on the opening day, Lambert had to name youngsters Bailey Clements, Armando Dobra and Idris El Mizouni among his subs at The Pirelli Stadium.

When asked if his squad can go the distance, Lambert replied: “Not for 60-odds games; 60-odd games is an incredible amount you could end up playing. 

“A lot of the guys are still catching up; Nolan (calf injury) hasn’t played one game in pre-season and is still catching up, Edwards (groin) hasn’t played one game in pre-season and only done wee bits; Judge (wrist) has only played 80 minutes, Emyr played his first 90 minutes in two years at Notts County recently…

“These are all unknowns for us – especially Emyr. He’s doing really well, I’m happy with the way he is going, but two years not playing is a long time.

“Judgey has had 80-odd minutes in six/seven weeks and is way short. Nolan has not kicked a ball. Gwion has just started a little bit. That’s four right away.

“Toto is not back for a few weeks. The squad is okay, but I think we have to be stronger.”

Town Owner Marcus Evans this week has written his annual piece in the Matchday programme which agrees with Lambert regarding the need to strengthen.

The statement is something Lambert agrees with and adds clarity to the situation: “The great thing is everyone knows where the club is, everyone knows the stance of the club, everyone knows the financial parameters of the club, and there shouldn’t be any more questions asked on that side of things.

“But it is what it is, and it is where it is and I’m glad everyone knows exactly what’s happening. The support of the football club is phenomenal, as I’ve said, it’s unrivalled, so I’m pretty sure the fans were happy with what the owner said.”