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Alex Neil happy with level of competition in his Norwich City squad

Norwich manager Alex Neil during the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool at Carrow Road, Norwich
. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich manager Alex Neil during the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool at Carrow Road, Norwich . Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil is convinced there is cut-throat competition in Norwich City’s squad for the final Premier League push after a hectic transfer window.

The Canaries have brought in four new signings and completed a permanent deal for Matt Jarvis ahead of Monday’s 11pm deadline as Neil looks to equip Norwich for the survival battle.

“If you are a player and a new signing comes in I think there are two schools of thought. You either go, ‘Oh no, my position could be in jeopardy’ or the others think, ‘Good, we have another good player in the building to help us succeed’ so there will be mixed emotions,” he said.

“We don’t want to bring in players in a similar mould to what we have got. We are looking to stretch it and attract an even better calibre of player. We are happy with the business we have done but the proof will be on what happens between now and the end of the season.

“We got some finance in and that allowed us to do what we wanted and bring in who we feel is going to contribute to the starting XI.”

Swiss international Timm Klose arrived last week from Champions League hopefuls Wolfsburg to signal Norwich’s intent to earn another season of Premier League football.

“Hopefully we can go again in the summer window to try and keep building the squad, but we have a lot of work to do before then,” said Neil.

“He can do a job either side in central defence. The fact he is right-footed means he can play that side, because he is more natural, but also the fact he has occupied the left for the majority of his career gives us great flexibility.

“That is something I look for in a number of the players I sign. Robbie Brady is the same, he can play wide or left-back, Steven Naismith can play a whole host of positions.”

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