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Southampton legend Rickie Lambert struggling at Cardiff City

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock reckons Lambert doesn't deserve to be top of the pecking order at the club

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Arguably the most beloved Southampton player to have put on the red and white over the last decade, things haven't went well for him since leaving St. Mary's [H/T Daily Echo].

Following the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, Lambert started the first summer transfer window exodus, leaving Saints for boyhood heroes Liverpool.

However, things haven't worked out for Lambert since that move and following switches to West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff—only scoring seven league goals since the 2014/15 season. A marked difference from the 106 league goals he scored in 208 games for Saints.

Lambert has been struggling with issues of late, but Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says the Liverpudlian is fit, but isn't being picked for his team for form reasons.

"He is training but at the moment I don't think he's happy with his fitness. He's going to be training hard and trying to get back into the squad really.

"He's fully fit so it's not a matter of him not being fit now. It's just a case of, is he better than some of the others in the squad now, and I've felt not."

Even now, I'd welcome Lambert back to Southampton with open arms—even as some club captain-type figure a la Kelvin Davis.