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Paul Lambert hails signing of Norwich City old boy Elliott Bennett

06:00 08 January 2016

Norwich City's former midfielder Elliott Bennett has linked up with Paul Lambert at Blackburn. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Norwich City's former midfielder Elliott Bennett has linked up with Paul Lambert at Blackburn. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

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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.”

4 comments

  • If Naismith comes in, then the combination of him and Voo may quickly make Wes surplus to needs. It will be a sad day when he leaves, unless he does an AN and stays at Norwich moving into management (of one of the youth teams) at an early age.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • Stew - Wes prob has 18 months left here at this level, and VOO appears to be the long term replacement plan.......

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    DerbyCanary

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • .....Pleased to see that you have been reading my comments about Lambert looking for other players from Norwich City earlier in the week Victor!....Main concern is Hoolahan, who I think would be at the front of his mind....Wes still has much to offer this club, even though he is getting older!....A suitable replacement must be in place before we should consider his next move....even if he has one!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • I wish Benno the best of luck at his new club. Perhaps Lambert will return for other ex players - Martin springs to mind since he has been ousted from CB and we have now signed a decent right back.Another possibility would be Hoolahan.

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    VictorM

    Friday, January 8, 2016

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