Sunday, 17 May 2015

Rickie Lambert could be coming back south

I have been used to seeing Rickie Lambert banging on the goals for Southampton and yet since the summer he has rarely started a game for his boyhood favourites Liverpool FC. I can see the interest for Rickie to choose a move to AFCB, as linked by the Bournemouth Echo. It would be a return to the south coast an a chance to play more than a handful of games if he can prove more productive than Yann Kermorgant in a red and black shirt.

Rickie fits the criteria that Eddie Howe is said to be looking for as an English player with Premier League experience, but at 33 does Eddie want another ageing striker? What I do like about Lambert is his aerial skill which is not a strong point for the Cherries. He also keeps the ball well around the opponent's box and has a strong strike on him. As an English international he might not come cheap, but a lack of football in the last year may see Liverpool off load him for a shadow of the £4 million fee, plus add-ons that the Merseysiders signed off to the Saints for his services only a year ago.

Eddie looks very much for players that can hold the ball up well and can integrate play in the last third and Lambert fits that category. Over his five year period from 2009-14 with the Saints Lambert rattled in some 106 goals in 207 appearances. I imagine he would receive some stick from Saints fans if he does indeed sign from the Cherries, but that would make the two fixtures against Southampton next season just a little more sweeter. 

The Daily Mirror has also been writing that Lambert is a definite target for the Cherries and I see this rumour as having more legs to it than some of the other names we have already heard of as targets for the Cherries this summer. If the forward could be picked up for no more than £3 million he would be a signing that could just be a perfect match for Callum Wilson and good cover for Yann Kermorgant. 

How would you feel about a former Saint joining the Cherries? For me, if he can do a job at keeping the Cherries up, he would be worth every penny. 

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