Norwich City’s Kyle Lafferty is taking nothing for granted in striker shootout

Norwich City's new summer signing Kyle Lafferty is taking nothing for granted. Picture: Matthew Usher. Norwich City's new summer signing Kyle Lafferty is taking nothing for granted. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
7:15 AM

Kyle Lafferty knows he is in a dogfight to spearhead Norwich City’s attack for the Canaries’ Championship promotion push.

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The Northern Irish international has already scored twice in pre-season, notably a spectacular free kick against Braintree, but Lafferty realises there is a battle to be won against his direct striking rivals in Neil Adams’ squad.

“I knew coming here all about the strikers they had and they have brought in myself and Lewis (Grabban) since so, for me, I take the view its better to have that sort of quality at the club,” he said.

“You are going to have to work very hard in training to impress the manager and then take your chance if you get it on the pitch. Grabs scored 22 in 44 games and that is a fantastic return.

“I played against Gary (Hooper) at Celtic and I know what he can do. He scored a lot of goals up there and in the Champions League and you also have the young lads who are hungry for a chance and it is exciting.”

Lafferty, speaking to Norwich City TV, is setting the bar high for Adams’ squad after career spells abroad in Switzerland and Italy.

“We are here to win the league,” he said. “I always thought about coming back to the UK, whether it was this year or next, but after speaking to the gaffer and how he sold the club and what he wants to do this season to get a chance to maybe bring a team like Norwich City back into the Premier League is not an option you get too often so I jumped at the chance.”

The 27-year-old sat out the opening practice match of City’s Italian tour but is back in training ahead of the final scheduled game just over the French border against SC Bastia.

“The facilities are amazing,” he said. “You are here high up in the mountains with the altitude so as a player you can’t ask for a better setting to prepare.

“Seeing the team and the way we have trained there is a desire there to fight for each other. When we go to difficult places where teams will set up just to get a draw those games come down to how much we want it and how much we are willing to work for each other.”

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22 comments

  • Good point Igno - perhaps Mr H's more recent claims to fame haven't yet been added as parameters to Archie's Censorship Engine (ACE) - he was previously well known for his distinctive, and verbose, almost poetic descriptions of sporting events, and his infectious commentaries on "It's a Knockout". Used to love his radio reports of football matches on Saturdays. Regrettably don't run a course on CFT, but have a look at this and other boards where I have used it, and you can see the general idea. You just have to keep persevering, and trying different combinations of words, and remember that ACE looks for combinations of letters within words which themselves can be considered offensive - hence it won't allow you to mention two football clubs - the one in North London which is not Spurs, and the one which is a seaside resort on the east coast - S***Thorpe - without heavily disguising them. There are many more examples - you can't mention anything to do with the Ju5t1ce system, cr1me, or rac15m or use words with letter combinations which could have a meaning within these subjects. It's bl00dy m!nef!eId !

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    The Crab

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • PS how on earth did Mr. Brewer slip a reference to Stuart Hall past the censor?

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Thank you Mr. Crab, your points are all well taken. Perhaps I missed the pre-Diggerman exchanges. Do you by any chance run courses in "fragmentation " since it would seem that I too have already been "ethered" and would willingly enrol!

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Just to cut to the chase - the problem is that Divot is so obsessed with his own cleverness, that he succeeds in failing to communicate. See him on screen and he`s monosyllabic and borderline inarticulate. Give him his office space and Web Thesaurus, he`s The Wizard of Words. Cliché after cliché. Banality to an extraordinary level. The Stuart Hall of Sports-writing. Still getting a nice little holiday in Italy, though! The rewards of mediocrity are huge.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Brew I thank you for those kind words – I sometimes feel that it needs a few cool heads on these boards to lighten things up; but some take life a bit too seriously! Well, Igno, I didn’t see it as a squabble, petty or otherwise. No offence taken, so no apology necessary. My take on the whole thing is this …. I made a comment about Divot’s use of a word – cromercanary made a similar one at the same time. Mellow_Yellow came back with a Wikipedia definition of the word that both cromer and I would have preferred. I tried to answer M_Y with a reasonable and light-hearted reply, but Archie ethered it. (As you’re new-ish on here, you may not know that “ethered” is a word, coined by Brew a long time ago, which is defined as the way postings are arbitrarily censored, and removed before they even see the light of day). Later, diggerman, who for some reason seems to have taken a dislike to me, decided to stick his oar in, casting doubt upon my intelligence and telling me to read the dictionary. All I did then was to repeat the “ethered” post – this time using my patented Fragmentation Technique, so admired by Brew, in order to ensure it was posted. This took 5 consecutive postings, and to the last one I added a riposte to diggerman, hoping he might take the hint and shut up. Unfortunately he didn’t, but came back with another insult – presumably to get the last word in. I couldn’t let that one go, since he clearly hadn’t read what I wrote – or didn’t understand it; so I put him straight, told him that my point was made, and that I had no more to say on the subject. He has not come back since, so I guess he finally understood. No squabble from my point of view . I do agree, though, that sometimes you are banging your head against a brick wall when trying to talk sense to those who do not want to hear.

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    The Crab

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • No problem, Igno. As you are relatively new to these boards, I didn`t want you to get the wrong impression of one of its Elder Statesman, `The Crab`. A Master of lateral motility and inventor of the CFT (Crab Fragmentation Technique), a means of getting polite posts past Archie by nipping them up into neat little pieces. He is truly a wise old sage who knows his onions and needs stuffing ;-) It is all too easy to be drawn into conflict with those of the tunnel vision persuasion. There are some dodgy `contributors` on these boards too. One, at least, not averse to a bit of identity theft as well as using multiple identities. Also extremely unpleasant abuse, often ageist. I have warned Mattias to keep the Devil out of his backyard. Most posters are quite benign. One of the wittier ones, Barking Wise, appears to heve been banned by Archie. Yet the serial abuser\identity thief remains. Funny old world, innit?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Mr. Crab-- mr. Brewer seems to think that I have done you an injustice in regard to my referring to your exchanges with Diggerman as a petty squabble. If so, I sincerely apologise. It was not my intention to offend you (or Mr. Brewer) in any way. Perhaps if you were to re-read the exchanges you may see the basis upon which I commented. Again, my apologies, although I can't help but think that in that particular case you may be beating your head against a brick wall.

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Take no notice of that accusation (singular) of overreaction, Mattias. You are but an enthusiast, who has naively given back yard access to the Devil herself. Eventually, she may hi-jack your identity and get another token ban from her employers. Meanwhile, carry on regardless, young buddy. Btw, Igno - I`ve actually met Crab, and I find it difficult to imagine a more civilized and less petty person. An old-fashioned English gentleman.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Personally I dont think anyone has overly over reacted as accused by some. Just pointed out the facts that Adams has agreed with. What worries me is when you look at the midfield and the strikers there is lots and lots of options for formations and combo's which im sure Adams would've liked to have seen in action rather than just in training. Now hes only got limited game time to hammer it down and get his ideal line up together.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Yes, waclor, it is a bit of a worry that the pre-season has been a bit undistinguished thus far. I suspect an impartial observer might consider the Italian Job a bit of a `Horlix`. Hopefully, the home friendlies won`t be cancelled, and some worthwhile game time will ensue. Obviously, the players like `the nice hotel and relaxed atmosphere` in the foothills of the Alps, but it ain`t the same as Molineux or The Carra. Hi, Igno. Just thought everybody deserved a rest! Cue mass agreement. ;-) AIIGAD.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • I agree with those who are hoping that RvW will be an important part of the team next season and will rise to the challenge. Not only for the good of the team and the lad himself but also as the best way to manage a costly investment. If he gets games and 20 goals, his value will rise and the same applies to Hooper. We do however need to have a settled team and I fear that the shortfall in preseason games will ensure we start the season without knowing the best combination of strikers or strikermidfield relationships. If we decide in two months time that we can do without say Hooper, there will be at least one team at the bottom of the Premier who will take an expensive gamble. Not all boards are fence-sitters or ditherers.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Just come from the petty squabble going on between Crab and Diggerman on the "new beginnings" board, so good to see that Mr. Brewer is back and on form. Thought perhaps he was" en vacance" or touring with the "Inns of my youth" society.

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • No course not Brew. He was far more than a headless chicken but what I meant is because there isnt a striker running himself into the ground 24-7, whether its the left side, right side, half way line etc...every striker who has played since get called rubbish. RVW, Hooper and likely Grabban are never ever going to be Holt-esq so to speak. Thats more what I meant. We are no longer playing the Paul Lambert way (sad times), but hopefully the Neil Adams way will prove to be just as effective using the strikers we now have. Fingers crossed either way chap.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • I hope it was down to clumsy sentence construction rather than intent, Mattias, but to infer that Grant Holt is in any way a "headless chicken" is inaccurate and a tad insulting to a very intelligent fellow. I hope you didn`t mean it? It could be argued that Holt did not "fit the system". He WAS the system. But he was also an honest team player who proved his worth, even under the dark cloud of Hugh Trollderwood, by what he did on and off the field - not by teenage Twittering.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Agree LYB! On a personal note im thrilled if that happens. From a smarter POV I still think its good, although it appears he still has to convince Adams hes worthy of being in the team. I dont think interest was ever going to be high in him for the price we would want. Most clubs would be like our more common minded fans and think "1 goal? hes ruuuuuubbish!". Clearly it wasnt as simple as that as he suffered with injury 1st half of the season and even if he hadnt he would have still struggled to score more within Hughtons setup like all the other strikers did. Fair play to him for remaining positive and like LYB mentions, he keeps making positive comments on social media about NCFC being his home, others scoring, himself scoring, the clubs progress etc....he showed he was upset as losing the no9 shirt but still got his head down and continued to try impress. For me its not a case of bulking up like ive seen people say, as Hooper is certainly a little more 'stocky' but fairs no better. Its about playing to his (and others) strengths. If we are going to play 1 up top against Rotherham on a cold tuesday night then of course RVW isn't the best option. If we are going to be encouraging flowing passing football, creating chances in the box, then RVW (or hooper once again!) is you man (men). Dont go moaning because he (or any of the strikers) isnt Grant Holt running round like a headless chicken. Grant was brilliant in his role at NCFC but that was because he fitted that system. Lafferty could very well be the key to getting the best out of players like Hooper & RVW. They are not target men. They are predators who operate best inside the penalty area. Lafferty can do the dirty work providing for them & bringing into play others who can provide for them.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Think Becchio's off for sure, but I think Ricky's up for the fight. Saw his tweet congratulating Lafferty on scoring. He'll put himself back into contention this season I've no doubt.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Nice style in your statement Kyle. Now it's teamwork, teamwork and more teamwork. To those debating the striker issue - it's really a non-event as we will need plenty of reinforcement due to injuries in a demanding season and changes in approach from game to game involving I would hazard plans A,B & C not A and neutral as last season.If proven correct it will be 'hold on to the edge of your seats' for a refreshing change! OTBC NMTD

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    mardler

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Get yourself fit first!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Ex-Celtic Ex-Rangers combo .......... I sense the passion of a strikeforce to wreak havoc in the Championship .......... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Correct, Cutty. I think that we can take it that RVW and Becchio are 'out of the equation' now. Might be a nice piece of journalistic placement. Informing us but not informing us, if you know what I mean?Good that Gary Hooper is still considered.

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Laff, Grab and Hoops. Some of you wits must be able to come up with something for that combo. No mention of RVW or Becci in the article.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • What a breath of fresh air hearing Kyle say “We are here to win the league” .......... get the goals and write yourself into canaries folklore .......... I'm really getting excited about the season now .......... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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