Graham Dorrans - Norwich City new boy Youssouf Mulumbu is the real deal

Graham Dorrans was a key figure in the opening 45 minutes of Norwich City's 7-0 friendly win against

Graham Dorrans was a key figure in the opening 45 minutes of Norwich City's 7-0 friendly win against Gorleston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Graham Dorrans has offered Norwich City's new summer signing Youssouf Mulumbu a glowing reference.

The former Baggies' pair were reunited in Norfolk when Mulumbu followed Dorrans from West Brom to be part of Alex Neil's squad for a crack at the Premier League.

Mulumbu sat out the opening 7-0 friendly win against Gorleston but is likely to feature at some point in this week's upcoming practice games against Hitchin and Cambridge United.

Dorrans is in no doubt Norwich fans will like what they see from the combative midfielder.

'He's got a bit of everything; he's got steel, he's strong on the ball and his fitness levels are right up there,' said the Scot. 'He likes to sit in front of the back four, but he can get himself forward as well if need be.


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'He's technically an excellent player, and you've seen that over the last few years when he's done well in the Premier League with West Brom.

'I spoke to Youssouf in the summer before he decided to come here – he's a talented player. He will add to the group that we've already got. It's nice to have him here. I've played with Youssouf since I started at West Brom and we had some good years there. Hopefully we can get that going again at Norwich.'

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Dorrans was influential in a 45-minute cameo at Emerald Park and the 28-year-old aims to get the most out of City's pre-season build-up ahead of Crystal Palace's opening day Premier League visit.

'It's good to be back,' he told the club's official site. 'We've had a couple of weeks training now and the lads are looking well. The international players joined back in on Monday, so it's nice to have everyone back together.

'The tour will be ideal preparation, I'm looking forward to it as it's my first one away here. The two games over there will be tough games, they will be competitive matches that will get us ready for the two Carrow Road friendlies and then the start of the season when we get back.

It's important to get a bit of momentum before the start of the season. You want to get a winning mentality in the squad. It's a good habit to have, winning games. As much as it's important getting game-time, every one you go into to, whether it's in training, a friendly or a Premier League match, you want to win

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