Norwich City chief Neil Adams is working overtime to find the right striker blend

Kyle Lafferty will add an extra dimension to Norwich City's attacking play. Picture: Paul Faith/PA Wire. Kyle Lafferty will add an extra dimension to Norwich City's attacking play. Picture: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Friday, July 4, 2014
7:01 AM

Neil Adams is building a strike force for all seasons to ensure Norwich City last the course in the Championship promotion stakes.

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Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty have already been recruited to pep up a frontline which mustered a paltry eight league goals in last season’s Premier League relegation struggle.

Lafferty met up with his new team mates for the first time at the club’s St George’s Park training base and the Northern Irishman’s arrival is all part of Adams’ bid to solve the puzzle.

“He gives us something we didn’t have last year and something we didn’t have in the squad. We need to get a strike force with a diverse range of qualities and attributes,” said the City boss, who has also been heavily linked with a move for Coventry’s young striker Callum Wilson. “We were lacking in that department and that is not to say the players we had were identical in terms of how they like to play the game but looking at it tactically there was times in the season when we didn’t have an opportunity to have a plan B to shake things up.

“Bringing in a 6ft 4in striker gives us something different. You have to have a philosophy and a clear idea how you want the squad to play and Kyle fits into that.”

Grabban brings a prolific strike rate at Championship level after starring in Bournemouth’s top ten finish.

“We’ve got ourselves an excellent striker,” said Adams. “I’ve watched virtually all his games on clips and DvDs and watched him a couple of times live and I was very impressed with what I saw.

“We have spoken about the transfer strategy and the players we want to bring to Norwich City after the disappointment of last season and Lewis is one the fans will respond to.

“His work-rate will be the first thing they see and supporters love that commitment, but he is much more than a hard worker - he can receive the ball, he can run in behind and last season you saw the amount of goals he scored. He was one we were really keen to get in and we are delighted to get him here.”

25 comments

  • @ Michigan TBH mate I've sometimes wondered if that's why we bought Becchio...to stop anyone else buying him ! That signing is still a mystery to me. I'm sure he'd have scored goals given a regular start. (Averaged 20 goals a season @ Leeds). Ho-hum....

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    Timbo

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • …..look on the bight side goldie!....If the penalty had resulted in a win..we may have stayed up!....BUT, although we could still be clinging on to Premiership status for another nail biting season!.. I emphasise' Could be' !...we would still have Hughton running the show....Funnily enough, I think the club can look forward to a brighter future as things stand at this moment in time!.....You pays your money—you takes your pick!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Think I've twigged the tactics for the coming season. If we buy every Championship level striker available, at least one of them must score some goals for NCFC, and there won't be any strikers available to score any goals for anyone else. Clever approach Neil!!

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Neil has stated the facts, it's up to the players, Becs and the rest, if they want to play for City then show the passion and commitment. We may have our favourites but if some of them see their future else where then so be it.

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    cutty

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • adelaide --- klingons perhaps

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • goldie, that same player that let us down with that penalty on one occasion resulting in us having no points instead of one also scored the winner at Tottenham that got us three points instead of one.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Fun you say that Oz. As well as a NCFC ST holder I follow the MLS and after getting BT Sport I tried getting into the A-League when Melbourne were still Melbourne Heart with old Harry Kewell and John Aloisi etc. Ill admit I haven't been following like I am with the MLS but I still flick it on if I notice it on the TV planner. Exciting stuff going on with Melbourne City, similar to the increasing build up around New York City FC in the MLS.IMO Melbourne City can do more good for the A-League in raising its profile than New York City FC can do for the MLS. Ill be firmly behind Melbourne City! Anything that could lead to Kevin Muscat getting sacked from Melb Victory is worth supporting!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Hi Mat 333, Yeah I believe Matty Ryan is in his last year. He'll go onto bigger and better things just like Forster will. I see Celtic have signed another keeper so I imagine Forster will now be off to Southampton. I'm glad to hear the FFA hear have been treating you well. I also can't imagine the English FA doing the same. The Aussie team have a great manager in Ange ( I won't spell his last name as it's Greek and too long). He really supports the youth coming through. I believe the Aussies had the youngest average age of any team at a World Cup. Most of them ply their trade in the leagues of Holland, Germany, Belgium and Italy. If Adams doesn't do a good job Ange would be my choice for manager. Plays attacking football and entertaining to watch. He was in charge of Melbourne when they had a pre-season game against a full Liverpool team. With 8 players away with Aussie national team he lost 0-2. The second goal coming from Suarez in injury time. A lot of the youngsters have passion and play under a salary cap so they're not spoilt multimillionaires. In fact Man City have brought Melbourne City as a feeder club. Next season they'll have David Villa, Damien Duff and Lampard playing for them. Even McNasty should consider a link up with a team here. If only for the cash, Liverpool played in front of 100,000 at the MCG and were paid a million quid as well.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • If we keep most of the players we had last season we should do well. We have sold the player who let us down by taking a penalty and missing had he scored, with one more win we would have stayed up!

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    goldie

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Hi Oz Canary very close on the end of a Pooch

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    Adelaide Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Likely asked you before Oz, but is Ryan in the last year of his contract? I swear I heard that. Liked him even before the world cup. Hopefully the clanger he dropped wont have hurt his chances of a big move. On a side note i've got to give credit to Oz FA OZ canary. I wrote a small snippet regarding the passion of the Oz national side and their FA sent me nice poster of the entire squad signed by team captain Jedinak. Strange but nice either way. Cant imagine the 'amazing' English FA doing such a gesture. Waclor I can only echo what you just said. Spot on. RVW (or Hooper when he was in for Injured RVW) spent 99% of thier time on the Half way battling 6ft2+ centre backs for punted balls forward by the back line. We had no link between defence and attack. Just look at the stats for actual chances created in the box. I fear RVW has already been wrote off in Adams mind but I do hope he gets a chance to prove a lot of people wrong.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Typo "let him go" not "let me go". Just day dreaming about being on £50k a week. Cancel the new Bentley Mrs Waclor.

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    waclor

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Last season RvW was stuck up front as a lone striker with precious little help from midfield (who had been threatened with having to read Hughton's book on football tactics if they ventured past the halfway line) and very few decent chances.He is a class act and will prove that if he is allowed to this season playing in a freeflowing and less negative team. I guess the only reason to let me go is to save his wages which are probably out of line with many of teh other players. We do need more options in defence and possibly midfield should Fer, Tettey of Howson be on their way. I hope Howson is fully charged up and becomes Club Captain. He could become the driving force next season.

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    waclor

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Still think both Mat Leckie & Mat Ryan would be good squad signings for us. Adelaide, "A Claggy On The Waggy" sounds the same as "Dag"? The muck around a sheep's bottom.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Hi MB & Oz Canary this is what the Aussie slang dictionary said " Grouse (adj.) : great, terrific, very good" Here is another one which could by applied to someone who departed the club late in the season with "A Claggy On The Waggy"

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    Adelaide Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Don't yew dare change Stoo - you B Inners and Pa Snipps have the best monickers on here imo! Oh and waclor too:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • What are you on Brew?

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    cutty

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I'm sure the coming season will have it's ups and downs but Neil is ticking all the right boxes, just hope he has his fair share of luck.

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    cutty

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • .....You want to try being a stewpydsodd el dingo!....That really is not the easiest of places to start....I did and found that the only way is up!....Perhaps I should consider a name change!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I think we're heading for a 1, 10 formation. Ruddy plus ten strikers. Could be some interesting scorelines Norwich 37- Ipswich 24 :)

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    b arclay

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Encouraging words from NA. He at least will have a plan B by the sound of it. Agree with Oz on his player assessments. Glad I'm a Dingo not a Drongo!

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • G'day MB. Here's another one for you "Grouse" meaning if something is good in Oz slang. I've no idea why though! You probably have this book "Red Herrings and White Elephants". Great source of Brit slang origins. I'll have to see if there's and Aussie version.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Nobody will want Ricky, nobody has handed in a request as yet according to Neil Adams and Fer is injured so will hopefully put clubs off. But yes I am hoping Becchio will be sold or swapped, but more than likely sold as we have already brought in 2 extra stikers. But I think building for the future and bringing young talent in is definately the way forward.

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    Brearley

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • We still need someone to push Ruddy for his position. Last season he knew he was guaranteed a starting position barring injury. We still need a couple of decent young defenders. I don't have confidence in Martin or Turner when they're up against a striker with speed. In Martins case he was knocked of the ball too many times by a physical forward. Bennett hasn't shown the potential we thought he had and lacks consistency. There was a report that Gus Poyet's son Diego is out of contract. He seems like he could be an option for the future for our midfield?

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • With zero debt and PL parachute payments. It looks like we're rebuilding for the future with hungry youngsters (lower wage bill). I just hope with NA's limited 1st team experience it isn't a massive gamble. Like others I imagine Becchio, RVW and Hooper will be shown the door in one form or another. I believe there is some truth in Hoopers transfer request. Becchio will probably be used in a swap deal or loan of some sort. Fer will be off once the World Cup is finished. I would imagine to Southampton. Highly likely there's deals on the table for Fer, Hooper, and RVW subject to us finding replacements.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

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