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Striker signing crucial for Canaries

PUBLISHED: 07:59 16 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:00 16 June 2019

Jordan Rhodes is unlikely to return to Norwich City 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jordan Rhodes is unlikely to return to Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Dean Ashton knows a thing or two about scoring goals and he believes Norwich City need to find back up for Teemu Pukki ahead of their Premier League bow.

Pukki plundered 30 goals in all competitions for the Canaries in a stunning debut season but with Jordan Rhodes returning to his parent club Sheffield Wednesday this summer City are in the market for attacking reinforcements.

Former Norwich and England frontman Ashton is not expecting a hectic transfer window at Carrow Road, but predicts targeted additions.

"If Teemu Pukki was to have an injury they would really struggle in that department," he said.

"In the Premier League, the midfield area is crucial; to have a player who can get on the ball, who can break play up and who can read situations and give you a chance to hit teams on the break. So, for me, a central midfielder of that type and a striker.

"They have so much talent, some young fantastic players, especially the two full backs, and I am looking forward to seeing how they get on against the best.

"I am not surprised to see teams looking at them because they have been absolutely superb.

"Ben Godfrey was at York not all that long ago so it is a massive rise. But I would say to those type of players give yourself a chance with Norwich in the Premier League, and a style you understand. Go and enjoy this season and show how good you can be."

Ashton is confident Norwich City's title-winning squad will handle the step up from the Football League but expects Daniel Farke to adapt their winning template.

"The jump up is very big," he said, speaking to Sky Sports. "You are up against the best players in the world, definitely the best in Europe, with Liverpool and Manchester City and Chelsea. "

Every game is massively difficult in the Premier League and what is going to be difficult for Norwich is in the Championship they are used to keeping possession, wearing teams down and hitting them after the hour mark.

"That is not going to be the case because they won't have as much of the ball so it will be interesting to see how Daniel Farke implements his style on his team in the Premier League."

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