Villa boss Lambert happy to keep buying top kids

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will continue with his youth policy next season. Lambert is confident there's much more to come from his current squad.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will continue with his youth policy next season.

Lambert is confident there's much more to come from his current squad.

Asked whether more experienced talent is needed in his squad after his young side struggled valiantly against relegation this term, Lambert said: "Not necessarily. What you're saying there in going for experienced players, as I said earlier, you go for that and the wages are massive.

"That's not what this club has to do. Not now. Not while I'm here. We have to work with what we have got. I know the remit. It's in transition.

"But our philosophy of bringing young lads in, put it this way, when you bring Matthew Lowton for £1million, Ashley Westwood for less than that, Yacouba Sylla the same, Christian Benteke - look at their values now. Every one of them.

"Brad Guzan was second choice. Andi Weimann - how many games did he play last year? Now he's played a full season. Gabby Agbonlahor has stepped up. Fabian Delph has been here God knows how long and played 30-odd games in the league. Nathan Baker too.

"You could throw every one of them in with their contribution. But their value? I am pretty sure it was healthier than when they came in."

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