Nelson Oliveira pledges to keep up his red hot scoring streak at Norwich City
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Nelson Oliveira has found his footballing home and that is good news for Norwich City.
The nomadic striker had spells in France, Spain, Wales and England last season, with Saturday's opponents Nottingham Forest, after failing to make the grade at Benfica.
Oliveira has plundered eight goals in his last 10 Norwich appearances to underline Nelson's county is the perfect fit.
'I feel comfortable here. My team mates and the gaffer have helped me a lot. So too the fans,' he said. 'It is my job to score goals. I will try to score more. It is not important whether it is me or anyone else in the team. The first thing is the team. I don't have a target. Of course I must score and I like to score but not every striker is similar. I'm not just the type who will only score goals, I can create and sometimes if I don't score I can help my team. I do not stay in the box only to score. My job cannot be judged only if I score or not. I can play well without scoring.'
Oliveira completed a permanent move from Portugal in the summer to end City's striker quest.
'In my career I never had a complete season,' he said. 'When I played in France I scored eight goals in the first part of the season but then it was 10 minutes here and there or missing three games and then playing 20 minutes. It is not easy to score then. Last season I scored nine times but Nottingham were already into the season and I missed the last 12 with injury so that was a half season. At Benfica and Swansea I didn't have a lot of game-time, maybe three starts and at Deportivo maybe two starts and scored five times. This is better for me. My head is better. At Benfica I had so many loans and you never feel settled. You go and you know you must come back. It is not good for the player. I want to do my best season and my career can be different from now.'
Oliveira is in no doubt Alex Neil's squad is equipped to last the pace ahead of a reunion with his former loan club.
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'Now we are in a good run we will push for the play-offs and promotion,' he said. 'We have what we need to do this. We have two important games against Nottingham and Newcastle. I enjoyed my time there. It was a good season for me until I had a bad injury and I missed 12 or 13 games. I left some good friends there.
'At Nottingham we had good players but I think this squad is more complete. There are more options. Even the guys on the bench have a lot of quality as well. This is a Premier League squad. I don't want to say Nottingham is bad, because they are not, but obviously the quality is here.'