Lambert: We can’t buy anyone
Town boss Paul Lambert, has been speaking about his restrictive transfer budget for the clubs upcoming League One campaign.
With Tomas Holy and James Norwood the only additions so far this summer, both on free transfers, this is going to be the story of the summer (free transfers and loan signings) according to Lambert. This is despite the club increasingly likely to be gaining another windfall with former Blue, Tyrone Mings set to complete a move to Aston Villa.
“I don’t get the idea that people think there’s money – where’s the money coming from?” said Lambert. “We can’t buy anybody, that’s the fact of it, but that’s no problem because we have some really good young players.
“They may need a little bit of help but we can’t go and buy anybody, regardless of what anyone thinks about deals done before my time and the knock-on of money coming in.”
The Blues have already benefited this summer from a sell-on clause when Pompey defender Matt Clarke moved to Brighton in a deal which saw Town receive around £780,000. Kieffer Moore and Adam Webster could futher add additional money for the club if the pair move on this summer.
“It doesn’t work like that and that’s the reality of it, but that’s no problem. We’ve got a good side.”
Lambert continued: “We haven’t spent no money at all – none. If you spend money then I can understand people saying ‘you have to be up there’ and ‘you have to win titles’. I get all that.
“Without money it’s a different project, but the objective is still the same. It’s to try and be successful. But we haven’t spent any money.
“Why do people think we’re automatically going to be in the top six? Because we’re Ipswich?”
There is an expectation that even without money being spent, Town should still bounce back to The Championship at the first time of asking, something Lambert agrees with: “There will be, absolutely, and there should be because the badge indicates it, the club indicates it, the history of the club indicates it, the support indicates it. That’s fine, it’s totally fine.
“If you spend a lot of money, a million percent there has to be total focus, focus, focus. But they’re a really young side and it’s a project.
“I’m not saying they’re not a good side, I’m saying they’re a really good side. They might make mistakes more than will happen with experienced players, but if they keep playing like that and they keep doing those things then we’ll see what happens.”