We are getting excited at West Ham about Little Sam Baldock, but how good is Southampton's Rickie Lambert? I scoffed at our proposed purchase of Mucky-Smith, arguing that if he was any good, a Premiership side would have snapped him up long ago, but Lambert is a different kettle of fish.
How on earth has this guy reached the age of 29 without getting a shot at the big time? His finish against Derby yesterday was superb, making the opening with his left foot and burying the chance with his right. That was quality!
He is 6'2" but skilful on the ground, and boy does he know how to find the back of the net, as 112 goals in his last 229 league games shows. True he has been firing them home in the lower divisions but that finish yesterday screamed quality to me. Pardew mistakenly snapped him up for a little over £1million from Bristol Rovers after seeing a picture of songwriter Rick Lambert's wife (pictured below), but he has proved an absolute snip, firing the Saints to promotion last season and to the top of the Championship this.
Tomkins and Reid will have to be on their guard on Tuesday night!