Paul Lambert hails signing of Norwich City old boy Elliott Bennett
06:00 08 January 2016
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Paul Lambert is relishing the prospect of working with Elliott Bennett again after the duo were reunited at Blackburn following his Norwich switch.
Bennett signed a two-and-a-half year contract to link up with the man who gave him his big Premier League break at the Canaries.
The 27-year-old goes straight into the Rovers’ squad for their FA Cup clash at Newport County and Lambert is in no doubt Bennett will prove a hit.
“He’s a bit different to what we’ve got because he’s got pace. He’s also got legs and he’s a really good age,” said Lambert. “He can play in the wide area and off the front. I’m delighted he’s here because I know exactly what he can do. He also knows the way I work and what I want. He’ll be great for the lads.”
Bennett made 33 appearances under Lambert during Norwich’s return to the Premier League back in 2011/12 but a series of injuries limited his first team opportunities under Chris Hughton and Alex Neil. Bennett had been on loan at Rovers’ Championship rivals Bristol City but Lambert was quick off the mark to make the former Wolves’ trainee his first permanent signing since arriving in Lancashire.
“He was fantastic for me in the Premier League season,” said Lambert. He’s a top guy and a top pro. There’ll be no worries at all with him. A player’s character is important to me and that is why we will try and bring the right people to the club if we can. And Elliott is definitely one of those. He did brilliant for me in the past and I’m excited he’s coming in. He’s a very good player.”
Lambert is looking for an FA Cup tonic this weekend after losing his last three Championship games.
“We’ll go as strong as we can. We’ve got to get through,” he said. “There’s a lot of supporters coming to watch, but we’ve got to stop the run in the league.”