Four years ago, Rickie Lambert was playing in the third tier of English football for Bristol Rovers. Now, he's set to join boyhood club Liverpool, and he's in the England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
After a great season with Bristol Rovers, Lambert was signed by recently-relegated Southampton. He finished his debut season with Southampton with a total of 36 goals in all competitions and was the top scorer in English football's top four divisions for the second season in succession. Southampton won promotion into the Championship in that season.
After his great scoring record in League One, many doubted Lambert could continue it in the Championship. But Lambert finished the season with 31 goals, 27 in the league, as the Saints clinched promotion to the Premier League, also being named as Southampton's player of the season for the second year in a row.
He scored on his first ever Premier League appearance, scoring just minutes after replacing Jay Rodriguez as a substitute against Manchester City. This goal meant that Lambert joined a select group of players who have scored in all 4 League divisions. He ended the season once again as the club's top goal scorer, scoring 15 league goals.
His goal scoring record was noticed by England manager Roy Hodgson who called him up for the game against Scotland. After coming on as a substitute, Lambert scored a header two minutes and 43 seconds after coming on. He started in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova, where he scored again. He also made appearances against Ukraine and Germany.
In the 2013/14 season, Lambert was involved in 23 goals; scoring 13 and assisting 10. All his goal scoring records meant Lambert was called up for England's squad at the 2014 World Cup. Announced recently, Lambert has joined boyhood club Liverpool for a fee of £4.5 million, plus add-ons.
Across his Southampton career, he has scored 116 goals in 235 appearances. A truly great record. Not even Rickie Lambert could've predicted what the next four years had in store for him, when he was at Bristol Rovers in 2009. He is a true inspiration to many young players in the English game.
What do you think? Is Rickie Lambert to Liverpool a good move? Will he continue his goal scoring prowess for Liverpool, or will Sturridge and Suarez keep him out of the side?
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