Thursday media watch [19.09.13 PM]: Clark/Baker backed to succeed
Clubcall: Paul Lambert has complete faith in the ability of Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker to cover for crocked defender Jores Okore. Denmark international Okore suffered cruciate ligament damage in last weekend's home defeat to Newcastle which will rule him out for the remainder of the season. The news this week came as a major blow to Lambert, who signed the player from FC Nordsjaelland in a bid to shore up a leaky defence which left his side battling relegation for most of last season.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is confident Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker have the ability to cover for injured Jores Okore. Denmark international Okore is unlikely to play again this season after suffering cruciate ligament damage in the defeat by Newcastle last weekend. Lambert brought in Okore to shore up a defence that struggled at times last season but he feels his younger defenders have improved enough to avoid him having to dip back into the transfer market for a loan replacement.
BT Sport: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has complete faith in the ability of young defenders Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker to cover for crocked defender Jores Okore despite their shaky moments last year. Denmark international Okore suffered cruciate ligament damage in last weekend's home defeat to Newcastle which will rule him out for the remainder of the season. The news this week came as a major blow to Lambert, who signed the player from FC Nordsjaelland in a bid to shore up a leaky defence which left his side battling relegation for most of last season.
Sky Sports: Andreas Weimann believes Aston Villa can get their Premier League season back on track at Norwich on Saturday. After the opening-day victory at Arsenal, Paul Lambert's men have suffered three straight defeats but Weimann insists the signs are encouraging. "After a defeat, you can't wait for the next game. That's the attitude in camp," he told the club's website.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has admitted he is willing to send out Marc Albrighton on loan in a bid to get the winger some first-team football. Albrighton has failed to establish himself under Lambert after missing most of last season through injury and has yet to feature this season. A number of Championship sides are thought to be keen on a loan deal and Lambert will consider letting him go on a temporary basis.
Clubcall: Marc Albrighton could be set to leave Aston Villa on loan but boss Paul Lambert wants to keep Jordan Bowery and Gary Gardner. Albrighton is in the final year of his contract and after struggling with injuries in the past few years, he has failed to make an impact since Lambert took over at Villa Park. Championship club Derby County are thought to be keen on him but while Lambert says he has yet to hear of any firm interest in the winger, he would be prepared to let Albrighton go out temporarily to get him some game-time.
TalkSPORT: Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton is on Derby's radar ahead of a loan bid. The Championship side are keen on Albrighton, who is in the final year of his contract. Injuries have restricted the 23-year-old to just five starts under Paul Lambert and a loan move has been mooted. Derby have made enquiries but have stopped short of holding official talks - although with Villa keen to give the player more minutes, a loan could be in the offing.
Clubcall: Burnley striker Danny Ings is attracting attention from several Premier League clubs including Aston Villa. The 21-year-old has been in outstanding form for the Clarets recently and his exploits in the Championship have alerted plenty of top-flight scouts and managers.
Goal.com: Fulham manager Martin Jol admits his regret at missing out on Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku last season, but claims he chose Darren Bent over the Belgian this summer. After sealing a year-long loan move to Everton on transfer deadline day, the 20-year-old will be hoping to rediscover the form that saw him hit 17 Premier League goals during a similar stint at West Brom last season, but Jol insists he held no interest after bringing fellow loanee Bent to Craven Cottage.
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Sky Sports: Former Manchester United defender Viv Anderson has hailed Wayne Rooney as one of the finest players in club's history ahead of the derby game away at the Etihad stadium on Sunday. Rooney was on target twice for United in their 4-2 Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen, bringing up his 200th goal for the club in the process.
BBC Sport: Everton FC are to restore the club's motto to their crest after its removal prompted outrage from thousands of fans. The motto Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, which means "nothing but the best is good enough", dates back 75 years but disappeared as part of a redesign.
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