Paul Lambert has been Aston Villa manager since June 2012, doing his best to manage the Premier League side through a difficult transitional period with a string of cut-price signings.
But after a run of losses some fans are calling for the Scot's head, despite Lambert's clear remit of giving younger players chances in a departure from previous regimes.
Villa’s average age this season has been 23 and that’s only above 21 thanks to veteran goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Lambert has made a conscious effort to bring in the best young talent and develop them in front of everyone’s eyes.
Christian Benteke was one of the stand out players of last season and everyone’s accusing him of having a poor year this year, but its easy to forget at 22 Wayne Rooney had only scored 6 goals in 16 games (the same length of time).
Players such as Matthew Lowton and Andreas Weimann have joined from clubs lower down the English leagues but have been able to forge a path to the first team.
Lambert's courage to maintain this philosophy last season the team where struggling he stuck with the youngsters and managed to keep the team up with one of the league's most impressive run of forms.
When we see teams like Chelsea who let players go and then spend huge money to buy them back like they’re currently doing with Nemanja Matic, a manager such as Lambert is a breath of fresh air.
Grant Holt's on loan is another example of him wanting the team to grow. Holt was one of the most vocal players for Norwich before leaving and an experienced physical presence.
Holt will now provide that leadership Villa's youngsters need in a bid to climb the table and stave off lingering threats of another prolonged battle against relegation.
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