Kyle Lafferty tipped to be the joker in Norwich City’s pack

Kyle Lafferty is a major addition for Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Kyle Lafferty is a major addition for Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
7:00 AM

Kyle Lafferty can be Norwich City’s joker in the pack this season, according to team mate Elliott Bennett.

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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.”

35 comments

  • The title of "Joker" has to go to whoever took the decision to play Redmond as a striker and leave Lafferty on the bench.

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    waclor

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • In relation to NA- "and now he is the manager of the first team but he has taken to it like a duck to water" hahahahaha....with a splash is presume?

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    James Dunthorne

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Jokers we do not need. Players with skill and passion are needed. And do we have to have players continually making statements to the press? And Mr Bennett , "making no bones about it", it was quite obvious that City did not score enough goals. We were relegated.Fortunately ,you are still receiving a very good salary . Us poor supporters are still stumping up a goodly portion of ours to watch you and your chums seemingly be as good as last year, which was awful. So shut up and play up.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Repeatedly blocked from replying to Michican. I agree 100%, MC. `Corner Shop` mentality. I hope kenfooggo is right and it`s not yet another gobbet of faux "insider info". That seems to be rife in football circles, where confidentiality clearly does not exist. That said, when Laffs abandoned the sinking hulk of Rangers, he did so somewhat chaotically. His brief stay at Sion was a trip up the one-way River of Babylon. Did OK at Palermo, and the footy side of it wasn`t too bad either.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • That is so true, Michigan. The tirades of abuse received by doubters last season, launched by the flocks of great & good Happy Clappers, were awesome. Akin to being mauled by dead sheep. The season before, I was berated by a Slovenian sceptic for being a `Hughton Apologist`, so perhaps I was guilty of naivety too. I learned. All I`ve witnessed, since the Bored got tired of Chrissy, is the failure to win one of 5 Prem games, relegation, a pre-season of laughable ineptitude and a Hughtonesque effort vs Wolves. It`s better to stoke the boiler now than leave it too late again. In your parlance, MichiCan, "Corner Shop City".

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Joker? Allegedly rumoured already to be telling mates he has made a huge mistake coming to Norwich!

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • A lot of comments about it only being the first game of the season so why all the criticism. Unfortunately that one game continued the trend of the last two seasons, but with a lower level of opposition. This is why all the fans are so concerned. Let's not wait this season until it is too late. Optimistic comments do not win games, so stop all the hype and let the results do the talking.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Just dumbing down to M_Y`s level here. Key words: Pot. Kettle. Black.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Oh , NO , no more " Jokers " at NCFC , we've had a surfeit of those down the decades, thank you . Just be a competent striker who plays as if he actually wouldn't far rather be giving Dad a hand on his allotment on Saturday afternoon , and who scores some goals for us .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • A reporter from the EDP is interviewing Mick McCarthy and Neil Adams. He first asks McCarthy his long term plans for Ipswich are. "Well I see us becoming an average Premier League team that doesn't have to worry about relegation", he answers. He then asks Adams the same question. "I think we can mount a real attack for the title and then bring back the European Cup ten times in ten years and then become the greatest team in the world" "Don't you think that's a bit over the top Neil?" Asks the reporter. To which Neil replies "Well, Mick started it!"

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Goss...its official. £1m fee apparently.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Any news on the Pilkington to Cardiff rumour?

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Just to quote Neil Adams..."are you deaf or just stupid". Could be applied to most who post on this forum.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Just to quote mick macarthy. "I'm never surprised about what goes on in the championship, as it's a league full of surprises." Another managerial classic....

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    pug

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • The way Lafferty is being held in the above picture it seems to me that City had the usual quality of Ref and Olson paid the price.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Hope amongst the jokers we have some quality footballers after all that is supposed to be their job.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • One game in to the new campaign and some already hitting the panic button -sell this player, sell that! We have time - not a great deal but still time to get it right. Team action wins the big prizes and that comes with WORK. The next few weeks will reveal all - NOT one match!

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    mardler

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • The Wolves game should have been a 3 point banker for City, but we lost Olsson then the game. They took their goal well, but coming just 4 mins after we lost a man was telling. It was frustrating indeed, but I agree with NA that we were just about getting on top, up to that point. The worse thing is that last season, the two to teams lost just 5 or 6 games in the whole season. We have lost one out of one, which means that we can only afford to lose 4 or 5 more out of the next 45 League games !! It's time for City to buck up and establish a winning and a goal scoring habit ! NA's track record to date is pretty dour, he needs to start putting some winning runs together now.

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Loosen up El tel, we need a few smiles around the place, and we have that today at the expense of our dear neighbours !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Don't brag to early Dubai you forget we lost to Luton ( non league then) Adams raving over Lafferty not to hot when playing for Burnley. Time for Turner Whittaker Surman and Adams to move on

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    El tel

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • What’s the difference between 1p5wich and a tea bag? A tea bag will stay in the cup longer !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • What is about you lot? Why do you all feel it's necessary to dissect every word our players and manager have said in ad-hoc statements to the press? Some of you need to examine yourselves instead as you really are tediously boring.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Manager wants them to attack and the players are enjoying it - but it didn't happen against Wolves - what a lot of tosh...

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • E Bennett States above "make no bones about it the reason we didn't stay up was because we didn't score enough goals last season," On the other hand, if all the goals we did score had come in 1-0 wins.........

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Mangetout, mangetout, dingo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Or even Rodney. Aprez vous Marlene.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • I think he's with Del Boy at QPR. We' ve got qute enough plonkers on (the) board already without Rodey and Uncle Albert. During the war...

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Our Suffolk pals lost at Crawley 1-0

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    Davyboy

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • What, no part for "Boycie" el dingo? How about Robin?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • .....Lafferty could well be the missing link!...But he will need a constant supply of feeding...that will be the job of our wide wingers...and the 'spoon'..Hoolahan!..as my daughter Sue describes him!....Take the spoon away and no one gets fed!.....I said I would include that Sue!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Hold up Stew, it'll probably be our turn soon:)

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Lighten up. I'm reserving judgement on it all atm I haven't seen a game yet this season, Watford will be my first proper look at the players. We need to send a message Saturday. I like the look of Lafferty though he looks to be a power and presence we haven't had since Holt left.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • With a little prosthetic adjustment, maybe we could have Mr Bowkett as The Penguin, McNally as The Riddler and Delia as Catwoman. And my mate J*=@s (a steward) could be Commissioner Gordon.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • .....Has anyone heard how Ipswich Town fared against Lge 1 Crawley in their Cup match last night?...or has the news been buried?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • I think Adams is the 'Joker' but its no laughing matter!

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    borderman

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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