Stevens has not been in a matchday squad since mid-January, but Lambert puts the Irish rookieâ€™s absence down to the improved form of Joe Bennett at left-back.
â€śI think in the last few games heâ€™s been excellent, Joe, I really do,â€ť said Lambert. â€śHeâ€™s starting to look like the lad we wanted to bring.
â€śI think the last few weeks heâ€™s been right on top of his game. He can definitely deliver the ball. Thereâ€™s been some big tests for him lately, but I think he coped very well with it.
â€śBecause of the way the teamâ€™s been performing you can only pick so many lads, so at the minute there are people ahead of him, but heâ€™s been training well and doing everything that weâ€™ve asked of him.
â€śI thought he played excellently against Manchester United that day, but youâ€™ve just got to bide your time.â€ť