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Alex Neil has his say on Kyle Lafferty’s Norwich City future

07:00 20 February 2016

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty remains on the fringes at Carrow Road. Picture: Jasonpix

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty remains on the fringes at Carrow Road. Picture: Jasonpix

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Alex Neil will only sanction Kyle Lafferty’s Norwich City loan exit on his terms.

Lafferty rejected a short-term move in the January transfer window, with the Northern Irish international heavily touted with former club FC Sion, but the frontman needs game-time ahead of his country’s Euro 2016 bow in the summer.

Championship club Leeds United have again been touted with a move, with Steve Evans failing with a previous loan enquiry prior to Christmas, but Neil has reiterated Norwich’s stance for potential suitors is clear.

“This question comes back time and time again and the answer remains the same. Kyle Lafferty had an opportunity to go on loan. He didn’t but that was his choice,” said Neil.

“If someone else comes in and pays his wages then there is an opportunity for him to go. Nobody has got to that figure so nothing has changed in that respect.”

Whites’ boss Evans hinted this week he is now only interested in attracting players with a view to permanent signings, ahead of the current emergency loan window closing on March 24.

“It has to be players that are going to be part of building a team for next season,” he said, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds. “It would be simple in many respects to go and sign a player on loan and say we’ll help you get fit for the European Championships. Or we sign a couple of gifted young players from the top four or five current clubs in English football.

“We can’t be a club that is used to get players fit for the Euros. It’s a case of we would have to be agreeing, if it was Kyle, and I don’t know if Alex Neil has changed his plans with Kyle, if it was the case that Kyle was available to come to us that we can agree to take him on beyond the summer.

“Then we would very much be at the table, but unless we can agree that first we’re not going to bring someone for eight weeks. That really is not building a team.”

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41 comments

  • Something personal going on here. Cutting off nose to spite face. Give the guy a go. He cannot be worse than what Neli is playing. Eat your pride and get on with it. Nobody else in the striker line can score at the moment so what is there to lose.

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    dwoody7

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Brewer I think this is one occasion you and Geezer would achieve concord: it's all about slashing. And in his case it happens at Sloughbottom and Mundesley Beach. Not at the same time on the same day, obviously.

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Pa Snipps. My hero. What you say is spot on, mate & geezer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • @irongloves. It's all about slashing. Back\slash and Vertical|slash both work. Forwardslash does not. Hieroglyphics King Custard will explain when he returns from his freebies in Abu Dhabi. What an obscene mess top level football is. Only fools would support it unconditionally. I refer, again, to Custard. I fear waclor has a sound point. Many indications of favouritism in the past. The perpetrators are there for at least one more generation. Ne phew!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Oh Lordy, Pa's back:-)

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • The trouble with our set up is that it is controlled by midfield thinking minds….'pack the mid field and all will be well' seems to be the philosophy!...Bring those who need to be playing wide into the traffic jam, and leave a solitary striker to do his best….The full backs are then encouraged to overlap and play the role of wingers….This leaves huge holes in the defence as they gallop forward, leaving a back line of two!...My pheasant plucking requirements will be going on hold at the end of the week, so I will be able to offer advice about how a team should apportioned over all the field!...Let's start with the 'Chevron'!...In modern jargon it would be 4-3-2-1….plenty in defence , 3 across midfield and 2 behind a striker...Overlapping would be done by the widest midfielders! ...Well it must be worth a thought, and can't be any worse than our present 2-7-1 set up!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • If Lafferty is held in such high esteem, why are Leeds the only club to have shown an interest. All clubs are always looking to improve their strike force. We would have a better idea of his worth if he had been played as a striker and not out wide all the time.

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    61canarie

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • The inclusion of Lafferty in the first team is academic. It wont happen. I agree Trev that we do not have any prolific goalscorers but our goal-scoring record as a team is as good or better than several teams above us. We scored six goals in two recent home games but only secured one point. Even Messi would struggle to carry a team with such defensive profligacy. So we move on with some trepidation to Leicester hoping the wheels are about to fall off their wagon and that during the time away AN has worked out how the team will effectively defend as a unit. Our remaining fixtures are a mixed bag of tough\not so tough but if we can sort out this inclination to give away soft goals I think we have the players who can provide the goals to win games.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Norwich don't have any strikers why do people keep talking as if they have, they have one bloke who they designate to play up front, he never really does any striking so how can he be a striker, goal at least every three games I would call a striker, too me Lafferty is actually the only striker in the squad based on his international goal scoring feats, the rest of the so called Norwich strikers come nowhere near his goal too game ratio.

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    trev57

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Dr Who, after 3 months faffing about we paid Hull the asking price for Brady. Time would have been better spent improving the defence. But it does not matter , its the past, the future is at the King Power next saturday, and whats going to happen ...

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • I would imagine want a clause that they can buy him for a set value at end of season. If that's the case their estimate of Lafferty's worth isn't as high as Norwich's. They should offer more if they want him. Remember how Norwich's board was criticised by Norwich fans when they didn't offer Hull the original asking price for Brady?

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • Lafferty is already hustory what about Patrick Bamford? Hello its me ...Youve got no idea have you Archant

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    johnty

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • Lafferty is naturally a cause of interest on these posts but all we can do is surmise. If there is a problem between him and A.N., can anyone really see the Board allowing the situation to continue as long as it has. I don't believe A.N has the power to do just as he wants, in fact quite the opposite, so why haven't the Board sorted this problem. It is them who are paying Lafferty's wages. As I posted yesterday, this Board is like a Quango where they consider they are accountable to no one.

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    61canarie

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • I can't understand why Kyle in being unfairly treated by Alex Neil, if he not going to played which seems the case let him go out on loan even if city can't get his full wage cover, come on city do the right thing for Kyle and let him get some game he needs to ready for euro's, I suppose all City s other loan players all have there wages cover in full when on loan. I would like to ask board to let him go and act like the family club we used to be.

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    BondstheMan

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • Any idea when the boys are back from the Sun?..it's time we had some real news!

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    Irish canary

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • I don't understand how you can lay all this at the Manager's door without knowing all the facts. Sion obviously offered a deal that was suitable for both them and NCFC ..but KL felt it wasn't for him. Does anyone know how much Leeds offered?..if not, how can we make a judgement? Maybe they were only offering to pay a tiny fraction of his wages. If that's the case, why should we accept - we're not a charity. Having said that, as an Ulsterman, I am keen to see him get game time. Hopefully Leeds will come back with a better offer which can also lead to a permanent deal - which would help recoup the wages we've forked out on a player who isn't good enough for the Premier League.

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    Irish canary

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • waclor---i think you have hit the nail on the head----don't think we will see Bennett play again either.

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    superfan59

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • …..As I see it, goals are only going to come if the opportunities arise! ….Hens will only lay eggs if the conditions are right,and they are fed and watered!…the answer to that by the farmer, is to get rid of the hen, and bring in a new one!….If that is given the same treatment, that won't lay eggs either!…. Strikers like Hooper, Mbokani, Lafferty, etc. etc. will only score goals if they are given the proper service!….What I am saying is….It's all down to the farmer!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • Reading between the lines ,it 's a personality clash.I think Alex Neil has lost the plot. With all the chopping and changing he has never tried K.L.who is a proven International.I think it has all gone to his head.We are now FAVOURITES to go down with Villa.Pride comes before etc.Its only a game.Hope they are having a lovely holiday in the sun--They really deserve it!RVW played 50 minutes for Betis yesterday and looked good.

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    harry mcardle

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • You mean the chance like starting 22 PL games? and with that chance only scoring 3 times from play? You want to know what Mbokani brings that Hooper doesn't? 1 more goal from play in 14 less starts, well that's for one. Seriously again, the majority of you people are hilariously incompetent.

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    jaemae2 .

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • This reads like a bitter and twisted individual who is annoyed that Lafferty did not go out on loan when the previous offer came in. So now he will spite the lad by not accepting a worse offer, try to wreck Kyle's Euro chance and cost NCFC money into the bargain. I wonder if there is any link between the way we have treated Becchio, Hooper and Lefferty (possibly with Ryan Bennett to come) and the fact that players do not want to sign for us. Are we adding to our reputation as cheapskates that of unreasonable employers as well?

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Had we gone two up front and used Hooper behind Jerome I am sure he would have given us goals and additionally he was good at making space for others with his clever running off the ball. So has selling Hooper advanced our cause? Has Mbokani given us anything different? Will Lafferty ever appear? Will Bamford be an improvement? Too many questions and no answers....and the clock is ticking.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Yes Butty Hooper is banging them in for Wednesday and also was a prolific scorer for Celtic which is presumably why we bought him. I don't recall any other Premier League Club coming in for him and it could be because at the top level he doesn't have that little bit extra time and space which he needs before he pulls the trigger. As against that the present Manager never gave him a run any more than he has Lafferty probably because he plays the one up front and Hooper is more of a number 10. I would have liked to have seen him given a chance playing off CJ and we shall never know if it would have worked

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    irongloves

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Every window we cry out for a proven forward. Every window we seem to have ruined the ones we have. So we send them out on loan, or sell them, where lo and behold the goals generally return. The players were goal scorers before signing, and return to being goal scorers after leaving.... Unfortunately, if I were a forward I'd follow Callum Wilson's example and steer clear of Carra. This season goal scoring isn't a major problem compared to the rest of the league. Defence is the joint worst in the league and that needs addressing.

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    Sutton Maddog

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Lafferty should have been given the chance earlier,before we got Mbokani and before we got Bamford,another players career ruined at NC.Against my opinion as many times posted we should never have got rid of Hooper,people say he's not a premiership striker,what is a premiership striker?you can either score or you can't and Lafferty and Hooper most definitely can,they just wanted the chance to prove it With Lafferty I think there's a problem at the club,that no one will ever know,it can't be anything to do with his goal scoring can it?.Use him or sell him be fair to the lad,he's a pro footballer all he wants to do is play football,so wherever he ends up I say good luck to the lad

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    butty

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • There must be something about Lafferty that the dictatorship, sorry Board, are keeping to themselves as usual. We the supporters are expected to pay and shut up. May be true as was stated earlier, that Lafferty is happy to continue picking up his pay and he probably feels that he will still feature internationally with his goal scoring record.

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    61canarie

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • got a gremlin. three quarters !

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    irongloves

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Should have put 34.

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    irongloves

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • If McNally is the genius that some believe he is surely he should have sorted this out months ago. With a guess at Lafferty's basic wage I reckon it has cost the Club in the region of 34 of a million so far. Could have been an Extra bonus for those deserving Directors.

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    irongloves

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • makes no sense to me either, iMac - get him out on loan whatever the cost to NCFC on topping up his wages, with n emergency recall clause.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Today's players can't have it all ways. The reason they get stuck at a club when they wish to move on is because their agents negotiated such huge wages that when it comes to the crunch, lower league clubs are not in a position to pay. Robert Green is in a similar situation at QPR - I believe the reason he has been dropped is all down to complications with clauses in his contract and nothing to do with his form.

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    Johny

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Agree iMac. As said earlier seems to me he's best getting game time on loan with an emergency recall clause, so he's ready to come into the fray if we get injuries to strikers. Having him not getting game time just seems plain daft and makes me wonder about AN's man-management skills.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • How many more players are we going to put on hold , we seem to have record of this . Why don't they let him go on loan and get something towards his wages , he is sitting in the stands week in week out and never picked ,on full wages no doubt . what a waste of money and talent There is something going on that we don't know about me thinks . Please play him or ???

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    iMac

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • AN seems to infer that the player is not prepared to take a drop in salary to get the games he needs in preparation for the Euro competition. I have long suspected that is the reason why he remains at the club and will probably do so until his contract expires. Given that AN made it very clear when he came in as manager, that he does not rate KL at all, I am amazed that the player is still hanging around the club, were it me, I would have long since found myself another club even if the wages were half the current level, surely he would rather play that just accumulate cash.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Stew: sadly we seem to get a plethora of comment from the media but very little hard news about our club.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Not only this player Stew but when ifever will patrick bamford get chosen? What is going on with thus club?Ah yes i forgot theyre on holiday in Abu Dhabi. Pathetic....

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    johnty

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • …..He can go!..He can go!.. He can go!...That's not the story!...that's only some of it!….What we would like to know is WHY!….He's an International footballer for god's sake, and can't make a game for Norwich City! ..It just has to be an undercover situation, and what we ask of Archie is..'You are the press and have enough reporters on the Norwich City stories to find out for those that follow the ups and downs of this club, to provide answers'!….Stick your necks out occasionally!….

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • He is a useful game changer from the bench.. don't understand why we don't use him when behind in games

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    jops

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Loan terms with regard to finance are not up to AN. That part isn't his call. That's up to the club. None of this makes sense. If AN doesn't see Kyle as being in his plans, then the club should be happy to let him go on loan even if all his wages are not covered. An emergency recall clause can be included if we get injuries to 2 of our strikers and he's needed. Inn fact, better he's playing regularly elsewhere and getting goals if he is needed later in the season... So I just find the whole thing ridiculous.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Poor Kyle, whatever have you done? Did you make a play for the boss's missus or flatten his cat on the way into training or something, cause he sure does have it in for you!

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    JOROBIT

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Seems strange he's still here. We're paying him for nothing, effectively. It seems unfair he's not getting any game time somewhere, cos it won't be with us.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

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