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Although the result that Villa achieved in Norfolk was impressive in itself, the squad that went out there and earned it makes the win that much more memorable for Villans everywhere.
In sport, youth development has always been a huge part of the game and is perhaps more valued now than it ever has been before.
During his time with not just Villa, but other clubs he’s managed too, Paul Lambert has shown himself to be one of those helmsmen willing to offer the youngsters a shot.
On his way to a League Cup semifinal place, Lambert fielded an outfield X with an average age of just 24 years.
With senior figures such as Richard Dunne, Ron Vlaar and Stephen Ireland absent for various reasons, several youths, whether bred at Villa Park or purchased in recent months, have filled in quite admirably of late.
On Tuesday, it was the likes of Ciaran Clark, Nathan Baker, Matthew Lowton, Fabian Delph, Chris Herd and Christian Benteke—all of whom started from the first whistle—that showed why age is just a number.
With a young squad, Lambert’s had his share of struggles in this campaign’s early exchanges, and while results may not come straight away, his prodigious batch appears to be growing by the game and would appear to have a bright future ahead.