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Chris Hughton believes the quality of player he has been able to attract to Norwich City can only improve their prospects of Premier League survival.
City’s starting line-up for the goalless draw against Fulham featured seven of his signings, with the likes of Sebastien Bassong and long term target Robert Snodgrass proving to be two of the Canaries’ most consistent performers during this campaign.
Norwich may have been frustrated in their attempts to recruit Celtic’s Gary Hooper and Sporting Lisbon’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel last month, but Hughton feels City are well-equipped for the run-in.
“This season for us was always going to be a difficult one after last season, but if we can keep chiselling away and, looking at the players who have come in, generally I’ve been delighted with them,” he said.
“I don’t like to go back to before I was here, but I think that’s been the case every summer over the last three seasons, where there have been a fair amount of additions to the club and, of course, the purpose of that is to try to keep improving the squad.”
Luciano Becchio and Kei Kamara did arrive in January and Hughton is confident Norwich have added wisely to a frontline which has struggled to weigh in with goals this
season. Kamara turned in a vibrant cameo in the closing stages of last weekend’s 0-0 draw against the Cottagers and Hughton insists the Sporting Kansas City striker will offer something extra.
“I hope so. He is different to what we’ve got,” said Hughton. “Becchio is somebody who needs service in and around the box. We all know what Grant (Holt) gives us inside and outside the box.
“Simeon (Jackson) is a smaller, brighter player that has a little bit of pace and Kamara is one who has that bit of pace as well and he’s very, very good in the air but he can also play in a wide position so he gives us a good option right across the front.”
City’s squad will step up their preparations for Everton’s Premier League visit when they return from a warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi later this week.
“How are we going to come out against Everton? I know we’re going to have a group of players who will try very, very hard,” said Hughton.
“But it is always a difficult thing (after a break). In our game you don’t know. You hope we come out firing and playing fantastic football, but these are the things you have to keep working on, week in, week out.
“If things are not right after one performance you have to strive to make it better for the next one and the next one after that.
“These type of games are maybe slightly different when you come up against the real good sides, but I don’t think it is necessarily true to say we seem to raise it even though we have done well against the likes of Arsenal, (Manchester) United or Tottenham.”
Chris Hughton insists he will spend his summer transfer windfall wisely after Jonny Howson’s multi-million pound goal boost to Norwich’s close season coffers.