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Kyle Lafferty is worth his weight in gold for Norwich City boss Neil Adams

07:00 17 October 2014

Kyle Lafferty is a key man for Norwich City boss Neil Adams. 
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Kyle Lafferty is a key man for Norwich City boss Neil Adams. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Kyle Lafferty’s Euro 2016 goalscoring surge for Northern Ireland is good news for Norwich City boss Neil Adams.

Lafferty is yet to open his account for the Canaries but took his tally to three goals in three qualifiers with strikes in the wins over the Faroe Islands and Greece during recent days.

Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome have been in prolific early-season form at club level, but Adams insists Lafferty will also come to the party after deploying the 27-year-old in a wider role.

“I don’t mind where he plays in the team, whether it is centrally or in that wider position. He is part of the group, that is the most important thing and he knows that,” said Adams. “Obviously we have two others who are scoring goals this season for us but he is a big part of what we are trying to achieve.

“Wherever you play him, whether it is off the central striker or wider you know what you get from Kyle. He will give everything for us. It’s important, particularly for strikers, to score goals. Kyle’s done that really well for Northern Ireland, two in two in these last games is great, if nothing else, than just for the confidence.

“Players want to be playing well, they want to be playing in the team and they want to do what they’ve been brought to the club for. It’s the same with the midfielders, the defenders and the goalkeepers.

“I’m really pleased for Kyle because I thought he was excellent when he came on for us in the last game (against Rotherham), and he’s gone away and scored the two goals. That’s exactly what you want from your players.”

Adams cautions injuries and suspensions will ensure all his striking options get a chance to impress.

“Suspensions and injuries will come into play in this league and you know with the workload you’ll need Laffs and you’ll need Gary Hooper,” he said. “Laffs himself is on four bookings and they were probably all preventable, but he is one away now from suspension. I wouldn’t want to take that natural aggression out of his game. He can lift a game and I wouldn’t want to change him because you change the player and his contribution. I’m not a gambling man but it is fairly inevitable he will miss a game at some point so we’ll need all the strikers, and don’t forget Jamar Loza as well.”

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9 comments

  • MB You were a Red Barrel man? My first real beer as a young lad. Happy days. Another one today if you join us on PU Match coverage

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    Bogaz John

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

  • Apologie`s for stray apostrophe. It`s catching... ;-) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

  • Are you now in the Caymans Putney? I used to watch matches at Craven Cottage in the 70s, when I worked for Watney`s at Mortlake. Nice, traditional-feeling ground. Lot`s of Young`s beer around...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

  • Putney I feel your pain. Fancy living so close to the Cottage and being reminded of relegation twice everyday would be too hard to bear for me. Those games are etched in my memory sadly. Tomorrow we must win and agree with JGs 69. Laffs must play in Grabban's slot like he did for NI. A revelation he was.

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    Bogaz John

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Couldn't agree more MB. As a former resident of Putney, Fulham away was the one game in the season I've always been guaranteed to get to (twice last season with the FA cup). And it was always such a disappointment. Surely no more - we are now, without a shadow of a doubt, a better team than Fulham. It's probably the first time we can truly say that (and without any doubt) in God-knows-how-long. So, if we don't win there tomorrow, it must be some sort of curse. I am predicting a 6 match winning streak, starting with a 2-0 victory tomorrow.

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    PutneyCanary

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • The Fulham spectre must be exorcised. No more craven displays at the Cottage, please.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Here's a novel idea. try playing him in the same position as he does for NI rather than on the wing and see how he does.

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    jigs69

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Good comment nmtd. My hope is that NA will 'tweak' his starting 11 tomorrow and we'll get back to our winning ways.

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    Mr Ed

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Laffs, Hoops, Grabbs and Cam, whichever strikeforce we deploy is surely the envy of many other teams in the league. Hopefully by Chrimbo all 4 will have bagged a handful to propel us a comfortable distance ahead of the chasing pack .......... oh, and not forgetting our Reggae Boy Loza too, definately a star in the making OTBC INIT

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, October 17, 2014

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