Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Kyle Lafferty can be Norwich City’s joker in the pack this season, according to team mate Elliott Bennett.
The Northern Irishman has already had a big impact inside the Canaries’ dressing room following his summer switch from Palermo in filling the void left by popular midfielder Robert Snodgrass who departed in the opposite direction to Hull City.
Lafferty comes into contention for his full league debut for the club this weekend against Watford, after a late cameo in tandem with Lewis Grabban during the opening defeat at Wolves and Bennett is confident City have plenty of firepower at their disposal this coming season.
“Make no bones about it the reason we didn’t stay up last season was because we didn’t score enough goals,” said Bennett. “The manager has come in and has a different way he wants to play. He wants us to attack and all the lads are enjoying that. Pre-season was very positive but it’s about the league. We know that. We got rid of one joker and brought another one in with Kyle.
“If Kyle can have the same impact as Robert Snodgrass on the lads and in his performances he’ll do well and Lewis has shown what he is about. He is a strong, powerful goalscorer. Hopefully he can add to the attacking line and then its up to us to provide those boys with the service.”
Adams sanctioned an initial season-long loan switch for club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel to French club St Etienne, but Bennett would like to see the Dutch striker return if he re-discovers his scoring touch next year.
“Ricky is a top lad, top professional but in football things happen and we all know it wasn’t a good season for the club or him in terms of goals scored,” he said. “Ricky never caused anyone any trouble. He always had a smile on his face. All the lads wish him well and hope he can go to France, scores a lot of goals and that coincides with us getting back in the Premier League and he can come back and score goals for us. That would be a win, win situation for everyone.”
Adams has shown faith in fit-again Bennett, with a leading role during pre-season and a league start against his old club after an injury-wrecked Premier League campaign that required knee ligament surgery after suffering the damage in the opening fixture 12 months ago against Everton.
“He has been absolutely brilliant for me,” said Bennett. “Of course there was that transition from seeing him around the place as the academy manager and now he is the manager of the first team but he has taken to it like a duck to water. There is a clear understanding that he is the boss. Everyone respects that.
“The knee feels absolutely brilliant. I don’t notice it at all now. I did a lot of work over the summer with the physios and sports science department.
“I got a full pre-season under my belt and played a lot of games so I am raring to go now.”