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Alex Neil has no time for money grabbers at Norwich City

Norwich City loanee Matt Jarvis has impressed Alex Neil on and off the pitch already. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City loanee Matt Jarvis has impressed Alex Neil on and off the pitch already. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil brought Matt Jarvis to Norwich City because the West Ham loanee had a point to prove.

Jarvis capped a vibrant Premier League debut for the club with a goal in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth, after arriving at Carrow Road in the final throes of the summer transfer window.

Neil believes the 29-year-old can have a major impact this season, having escaped his Hammers’ hell.

“I had a good chat with him before he came here and what I need is hungry players who have a point to prove. There is no use coming here to pick up their last pay cheque because that is no good to me,” said the City chief. “We are going to be a hungry group who are going to fight for every point. The disappointment of the group getting relegated and then the excitement of promotion last season tells you they know how much it means for them to be here and they want to take full advantage of that.

“At the moment it is just a loan deal. We’ll see how he does and he can have a look at us and we’ll take it from there. There is more to come because he has not played regular football, although he had five pre-season games and then was a bit of a bit-part player so he has not played a lot recently.”

Jarvis impressed alongside Robbie Brady down the left against Bournemouth, but Neil is not afraid to tweak a winning line up for Sunday’s league trip to Liverpool.

“I’ll need to study it. My line up gets based on what I see during the early part of the week. I am not afraid to change a winning team because every game is treated on its merit,” he said. “We are pleased with what we have done so far but we have a very difficult game at Liverpool and we will do our best to ensure we are fully prepared.”

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