Stevens has not been in a matchday squad since mid-January, but Lambert puts the Irish rookie‚Äôs absence down to the improved form of Joe Bennett at left-back.
‚ÄúI think in the last few games he‚Äôs been excellent, Joe, I really do,‚ÄĚ said Lambert. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs starting to look like the lad we wanted to bring.
‚ÄúI think the last few weeks he‚Äôs been right on top of his game. He can definitely deliver the ball. There‚Äôs been some big tests for him lately, but I think he coped very well with it.
‚ÄúBecause of the way the team‚Äôs been performing you can only pick so many lads, so at the minute there are people ahead of him, but he‚Äôs been training well and doing everything that we‚Äôve asked of him.
‚ÄúI thought he played excellently against Manchester United that day, but you‚Äôve just got to bide your time.‚ÄĚ