Change doesn’t happen overnight. Aston Villa fans learned this the hard way during the course of the 2012-13 Premier League season. New manager Paul Lambert embarked on a much publicized makeover of the storied club, casting off veteran players paid high wages to give young and hungry talents a chance to shine.
Thanks to the emergence of academy players, such as Andreas Weimann and Nathan Baker, as well as impactful new signings like Matthew Lowton, Ashley Westwood and Christian Benteke, Lambert slowly molded Villa into a steadily improving team.
Despite many rocky moments, the young group survived their debut campaign. But will Lambert continue his commitment to building a team out of unproven, affordable talent?
Premier League fans can expect several crucial changes to Lambert’s Lions.