Lambert scored his 100th goal for Saints on Sunday in defeat at Newcastle.
âAbsolutely (there is a sense of pride),â Pardew told the Daily Echo. âHe had only been with me six weeks and I said to him âyou could play in the Premiership.â âI donât think he really believed me if Iâm honest.
âI said it in a kind of strange way as I knew heâd want more money so I said âthe next couple of years you could get there.â âHe was brilliant. Heâs a real handful.
âI put him above (Grant) Holt personally. No disrespect to Grant Holt but I think Rickieâs got more about him and heâs proving that.
â100 goals is a fantastic little milestone for him.â