Villa are determined not to make the same mistakes of the past when the likes of Antonio Luna
, Aleksandar Tonev and Nicklas Helenius all flopped.
Joe Bennett, Antonio Luna
and Aly Cissokho are the most recent players who have failed to shine in that area.
Earlier the club confirmed the departure of defender Antonio Luna
to Spanish club Eibar.
Lambert has tried twice to fill the position - but neither Joe Bennett nor Antonio Luna
has cut the mustard, so he has raided Valencia to secure the France star.
One player who is on his way out of Villa Park is Antonio Luna
, who has moved to Hellas Verona on loan with the Serie A side having an option to buy the full-back at the end of the deal.
Jores Okore was ruled out for the season early on but Ryan Bertrand, Grant Holt, Libor Kuzak, Aleksandar Tonev, Antonio Luna
, Nicklas Helenius and Leandro Bacuna are simply not up to scratch.
Yet numerous buys - in a spree totalling PS40million over two seasons - like Joe Bennett, Antonio Luna
, Jordan Bowery, Aleksandar Tonev and Nicklas Helenius have just not cut it.
3 in 52 minutes after Antonio Luna
gifted him possession.
Valencia gave Antonio Luna
a torrid time and with the Spanish defender unsettled, Rafael was able to surge to the by-line and send over a superb cross that was met perfectly by Januzaj.
Libor Kozak and Antonio Luna
are back in training and could be available on Sunday.
However, all three are in contention for the trip to the Hawthorns while the likes of Fabian Delph (knee) and Antonio Luna
(hamstring) are also over recent problems.
Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph and Antonio Luna
are all hopeful of returning to action sooner rather than later and Lambert is crossing his fingers for reinforcements.