Russell Martin has admitted Kei Kamara has surprised everyone with the impact he has made at Norwich City – even his team-mates.

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The Sierra Leonean striker arrived on loan from Sporting Kansas City at the end of the January transfer window, where Kamara had barely started the MLS pre-season before being thrust into the Premier League season.

But the 28-year-old still hit the ground running with a goal in only his second top-flight appearance and a useful stint up front on his own as the 10-man Canaries battled out a draw at Sunderland before the international break.

As far as most City fans are concerned, keep up his current rate of improvement and Kamara won’t be returned to play in the USA any time soon.

“It is the manager’s decision (whether to sign him permanently) but yes, I love Kei,” said Martin. “I think he has brought so much here. He has been a breath of fresh air really.

“He has brought so much enthusiasm and sometimes it gets a little bit cynical in football and with people. But he is just enjoying every minute of it here. He is in the Premier League, he is living his dream and it’s really nice to see.

“And I think he’s not just a good lad, he’s a really good player. He has been really effective and I think he did great for us again at Sunderland.

“I think he’s been brilliant. He has surprised all of us to be honest. You never know what you are going to get. The MLS is getting better and better, but you’re never sure what you’re getting.

“He has come in and I think he has surprised everyone. He is athletic but he is better on the ball than a lot of people give him credit for, and against Sunderland he did extremely well considering he’s not fit yet really either; not fully match fit.

“He has not had games and he had a bit of time off before he came over, so for me he will only keep getting better and it is up to him to decide his future really. If he keeps it up, then I’m sure we will be more than interested in keeping him.”

Kamara has spent the international break away with Sierra Leone, who took on Tunisia for their latest 2014 World Cup qualifier – and that has had a minimal effect on the Canaries, who are not back in action until Saturday’s crunch Premier League trip to relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic.

But City do know they will miss Kamara for the final exchanges of the season.

Due to MLS rules, the striker’s loan finishes on May 6 – after which City host West Brom before their season comes to a close at defending champions Manchester City on May 19.

Even if City decide to make Kamara a permanent signing, it is understood the registration could not be completed until the transfer window reopens on July 1.

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26 comments

  • We don`t really know how good he is, Victor, `tis true. Another 6 games might shed further light. Whatever happens, he`s been interesting! God bless his `image rights` and the good they do for his worthy causes. After the Sunderland game, I began to think "this guy has substance".

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • I agree with all your comments Brew - I'm not running KK down - he's done we'll during short stay at the club, but I'm trying to be realistic and temper some of the euphoric comments being made about him.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • I am honestly disappointed by the news in this article that the loan expires on 6 May. Just this week, I had made arrangements to visit UK to see the last two games of the season in order to see Kamara play. I would have seen the Sunderland game, but in deference to my family, I postponed plans until the season's end. I do know that Norwich should sign KK to a long term contract. He seems happy and positive about playing there. Now you know why Sporting KC fans lamented his departure while wishing and hoping for his success.

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    Man from the Prairie

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • Hi, Man from the Prairie. Well, all the good things you said about `Kount draKula` have proved to be true! That May 6th date was in from the start, which is a pity but all parties knew what they were doing. The EPL "Window" doesn`t re-open until 1st July . Presumably the MLS Rules on that are sacrosanct? If they were flexible, I`d imagine the loan could be extended to the end of our season - presumably, though, that would`ve happened if it could`ve? Anyway, he`s got a potential 6 more appearances to make his mark; he`s already scored one & almost scored the towering Wessi`s one, too! If the real Agenda is that he wants to come to Norwich (or the EPL) all well & good. I just can`t help wondering why he waited until he was 28 before `dipping his toe`? According to some posters, birthdates in Africa can be unreliable - so p`raps he`s only 22, say? Or ageless, like Grant "Dorien" Holt? What happened in Sierra Leone`s Qualifier?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • KK will do for starters, MFTP! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • Wanted to point out that KK's teammates last year included three national team starters for their respective countries (Honduras and US). Zusi and Besler drew praise in the draw with Mexico this past Tuesday in an inhospitable Azteca stadium. Sporting KC plays a high pressure, "in-you-face" defense. Sometimes it gets burned, but had the MLS fewest goals allowed last season. Sporting is also the best conditioned team in MLS. Coach Vermes is demanding. Sign KK, then Zusi, Besler and kick it into "high gear". (I'm only half joking.)

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    Man from the Prairie

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • Sign him up , not fully fit and he's already a handful for opposing defenders . Rip Van Winkel and Special K up front with the Horse and Lucifer ready to come on , not even the elite will know what they're up against , onwards and upwards OTBC

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    mjc75

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • How much will the clause in the loan deal to buy him be? £1.5million? Or am I being too optimistic?

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    chirpy

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • Quite a change of personnel. Chris Martin off (to Derby?), Simeon presumably surplus to requirements? Off to Canada to start his Academy & play in MLS? Good chap, Jackson.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • You`re not S\O are you, Doc? The old wisdom in hindsight thing? Just asking out of interest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • Brewer, you ARE a cheeky monkey! If I was the pundit you refer to my factual comment about many people being unsure about MLS quality woul have een accompanied by lots of unnecessary and puerlie personal abuse, some of it possibly scattological.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • Going to be a busy close season in the coming's and going's department I sense. RVW is already an 'in' for next season, but what else beckons ? There have to be questions as to the futures of loanees Tom Adeyemi, Daniel Ayala, Leon Barnett, Jacob Butterfield, Chris Martin, Declan Rudd, Korey Smith, James Vaughan & Elliott Ward. Then there are those who have become fringe players this season like Andrew Surman, David Fox, Marc Tierney, Ryan Bennett, Elliot Bennet, Simeon Jackson. Will we sign Kei Kamara on a permanent deal and what about Javier Garrido ? Certainly going to be a busy, busy summer one way or another ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • Basil D`Oliviera! That great cricketer. All the fuss when Seth Ifrika would not accept him as a member of England`s team. Some things do get better, despite the apparent phobia that Eastern Europe (and Norfolk) have about `ethnic minorities`. I remember upsetting a Seth Ifrikan brewing aquaintance by lampooning Guinness as "South African Lager, with the white minority sitting above the black majority".

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • I think Victor is wise in trying to temper the Kei euphoria a bit, though. The chap has done very well indeed and there`s nothing boring about him! His performance vs Sunderland proved he has real gravitas, left as he was with no Wessi to support him. These days £1mill is seen as small beer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • Like a persistent Saturday morning floater in the toilet bowl following Friday night's mega-donner kebab with suicide chilli sauce, Stirpoo is proving hard to flush away permanently.....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • I can almost smell that word-picture you painted there, Timbo! Gross!! A bit like the Fat B**t**d floater scene from Austin Powers.;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • MFTP, it's a shame you didn't get to the Sunderland game, I thought that KK had a superb game. He played the role as if born to it. As far as I could see the only reason for him being replaced by Holtie was being totally cream crackered! Message to Hoots, sign him up.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • we are still not quite out of the woods, but the future is looking brighter. OTBC

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • Mad Brewer, I remember a conversation with KK that he's wanted to play In Europe for years, just hadn't been invited. Problem has been getting noticed in MLS. Sporting KC has improved dramatically as shown with the emergence of two, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler, as starters on US National team which drew Mexico 0-0 Tuesday and former midfielder Roger Espinosa, who's now with Wigan. Kansas City isn't a media mecca so many players fly under the radar. Everyone thinks of New York LA media attention much like London Manchester. Realistically, KC is like Norwich, oft forgotten or dismissed. And, remember how many questioned an "unknown" from MLS. The reason he's been discovered at 28 is because of his effort on the pitch, Sporting's success and a modest increase in publicity.. He's got tremendous desire to perform and succeed . Don't count him out because of age; just get him on your team for good! PS: Tunisia 2, Sierra Leone 1. Poor defensive play. I watched TV online.

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    Man from the Prairie

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • Yes Brew you are right about the 'quoted' ages of African sportsmen. There was always doubt on the d.o.b. of the great cricketer and gent Basil D'Oleviera. He made his test debut in 1966 at the reported age of 26. It turned out later that he was 34,an age when many Test players have already retired. Incredibly he went on to play for England for another 7 years. Ged is back having just voted his home town as the third happiest place to live in England.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • VictorM , I think £1million is a pretty reasonable fee for a striker ,. Even if we had to stump up another half a million , it still looks like a good deal . When you consider what we paid for Howson and R Bennett , it looks like a steal . Has to be worth a gamble :- )

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • It seems KK may have some promises for the future but with his age and limited experience I can't see he is worth one and a half million pounds as has been suggested. By all means sign him up but at a realistic fee - certainly no more than half a million at best. I know people are looking at him as a saviour at the moment but is he really that good - think about it.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • To support MFTP, I remember the scorn on this site when KK's move was first mentioned, "can't we get someone from a REAL league?", to paraphrses a lot of the messages. I'd be happy to get him.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • Sorry, Doc. You are quite right, it was a bit of "Cheekymonkeyism"! Actually, I was one of the Doubting Thomases ref the quality of the MLS - probably because I sometimes get the impression it is a Pension and ego-boosting operation for the likes of Beckham. Kei, as it turns out, looks fine so far. Scatology is a load of s**tt! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • MFTP, my take on KK is that he is a good guy, no doubt. Anybody capable of making me smile IS a good guy! I bet he`s only 17 really....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • Hello Friends. Sorry I haven't been around much lately, I've been very busy giving consultancy advice to those with less experience and knowledge than myself. Some of them are very high up at NCFC. Anyway, people kept asking me to come back, so here I am. You can all relax now. KK isn't actually very good to be fair, we'll need far more than a mere battering ram to stay in this league. Anyway, I hope you've all been well and are ready for the neverending relegation scrap. Warm regards, Ged - Club Advisor

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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