Pochettino shocked by Lambert’s lack of top-flight pedigree

Rickie Lambert Southampton StrikerSouthampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is surprised by Rickie Lambert’s lack of Premier League experience.

The Saints icon is currently the league’s top scoring Englishman, having netted 11 goals in his first campaign in the top tier.

Before joining the South Coast club he gained a reputation for being a lower league goal getter, performing admirably for Bristol Rovers, Macclesfield, Stockport, Blackpool and Rochdale.

He has carried this form into the top division, and his manager believes that he is one of the best front-men in the Premiership:

“For me, he’s an extraordinary footballer. When I see his career, I’m surprised he hasn’t played longer in the Premier League.” He is quoted by The Mirror.

“He has many qualities and none are outstanding over the others. It’s well known he’s a good player, he can shoot well and he’s skilful, what surprised me is his mentality.”

Lambert has performed well under Pochettino, who recently took charge of Southampton after Nigel Adkins’ controversial dismissal.

The Argentinian, whose team beat Manchester City on Saturday, is happy with the way they are playing:

“We have a methodology and philosophy and the players have shown a great -willingness to accept it.

“The players have a great capacity for assimilating ideas, a great ¬intelligence and have also adapted very, very well.”

The Saints are now four points clear of the relegation zone having secured six wins from their opening 26 games.

One issue has been a leaky defensive line, which has been breached on more occasions than bottom of the table QPR.

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