Lambert targets January deals

Norwich have enjoyed a solid start to life back in the Premier

League and Lambert is keen to build on the foundations laid in the

first half of the season. Though the Canaries sit higher in the

table than the other two promoted clubs, Lambert’s side have yet to

keep a clean sheet in 17 games ahead of Tuesday’s visit of

Tottenham. Lambert hopes to improve his options in the New Year,

but the Norwich boss accepts landing those individuals to fit in

with the wage structure and current squad ethic could prove

testing. “I have told the club the players I would like to try and

get in,” said Lambert. “We have to box clever with what we are

trying to do. It is up to the club to try and sort something out.”

Lambert expects tackling the January sales to be no different this

year from when he was trying to guide the club back up from first

League One and then the Championship. “You still have the same

problems,” said the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder. “It is

hard during the January window because nobody wants to sell their

better players and price inflation goes really high.” Despite

Norwich producing some impressive displays to chalk up five wins

and six draws, Lambert maintains there is still a long way to go

before anyone at Carrow Road can be patting themselves on the back

at a job well done. “I have never tried to predict anything that is

going to happen,” said Lambert. “I am a realist and we will do

everything we can to stay in this league. “Everyone before the

season thought we would be bottom by now and it has not happened,

so we will keep striving to stay in the league.”