Dieumerci Mbokani is Norwich City’s leading man

Dieumerci Mbokani has grabbed his chance at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Dieumerci Mbokani has grabbed his chance at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Kyle Lafferty helped dump West Brom out of the Capital One Cup but the Northern Irishman will have to defer to Dieumerci Mbokani for the Baggies' league return.

The Dynamo Kiev loan signing has scored twice in his last two club games for the Canaries to move to the head of the queue.

'I think he has done well. He was our brightest light at Newcastle. Probably the only one,' said Neil. 'He took his goal well and is more mobile than some people give him credit for. His link-up play is good and he is aggressive in the air so he gives us a good presence.

'Kyle is part of the squad. He has been unfortunate in that we have Mbokani, who has scored two in his last two for us, and Cameron (Jerome) was leading the line really well. We have operated with one up top this season so it becomes difficult for him to get a spot in the team but he is training well and he is a part of the squad. I think all the players who maybe aren't featuring as much as they would like are in a similar situation.'

Mbokani's DR Congo international team-mate Youssouf Mulumbu will not be risked against his old club after a midweek development return following early-season foot surgery.

'Looking at Youssouf, I went and watched the game at Leicester, and he has been out for the best part of 10 weeks and that was his first 60 minutes at a level that isn't going to be comparable to what is coming,' said Neil. 'He still has a bit of catching up to do. West Brom is a little bit too soon. Looking at him it would be a little unfair to throw him straight back in.'