Patrick Bamford has the Premier League stage, the rest is up to him at Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 06:45 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:56 12 February 2016

Norwich City new boy Patrick Bamford has a top class pedigree. 
Picture: Antony Kelly

Norwich City new boy Patrick Bamford has a top class pedigree. Picture: Antony Kelly

Archant Norfolk 2016

Patrick Bamford has the stage to shine at Norwich City to fire the Canaries to Premier League safety.

Tottenham’s prolific marksman, Harry Kane, failed to impress at Carrow Road after arriving with a similar pedigree in 2012, but City boss Alex Neil is not interested in comparisons to the Chelsea loanee who endured his own frustrating spell at Crystal Palace before Christmas.

Neil is urging the highly-rated 22-year-old to prove his class over the run-in.

“The million dollar question when you sign young players with potential is they might progress or they might stall in their development and never go beyond that level,” said Neil. “Harry Kane has shown what is possible when you can develop and get better. It is not even about the right coaching, people sometimes over-emphasize that. You can take the horse to water but they have to show the determination and will to prove themselves. There is no reason these lads can not become top players with a little help along the way.

“Patrick has not played a lot of games and of course that is something you take into consideration but to attract strikers who have been involved in the Premier League from other clubs, if they are playing and scoring goals you are simply not going to get them. So you have to delve into the ones who are not getting game-time.”

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