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Marc Albrighton is back in the Villa fold

He may have played just four games with two starts while on loan at Wigan, but Paul Lambert wants Marc Albrighton back to help Aston Villa through a busy December.

Chris Brunskill

Earlier this week, Paul Lambert recalled Marc Albrighton from his brief loan stint at Wigan. When asked why he elected to bring back the winger, who'd finished his one month loan, Lambert referenced the busy schedule, which has Aston Villa playing six Premier League games in December. The manager said,  "The amount of games we’re going to have to play in this period is pretty demanding. I think he’s done well for Owen Coyle which was good."

That's all well and good for Lambert to say, but...hmmm. Villa need everyone for this busy period of fixtures, except the club just let Enda Stevens, Jordan Graham, Benji Siegrist and Shay Given go out on loan. There's also the fact that, during this period in the Championship, Marc was meant to get his match fitness back, and possibly even showcase himself for a move away from the Villa. But Albrighton played just about 200 minutes in his four matches with Wigan, scoring no goals and notching no assists.

Still, Lambert thinks he's done well at Wigan, and by this point, we've all learned to (mostly) trust the manager. Besides, I think we'd all rather Albrighton remain in the claret-and-blue than be sold off, so if he's getting a chance to prove himself this December, all the better.