Norwich City boss Alex Neil is not buying into the hype around Kyle Lafferty

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty still has work to do to get a start in Norwich City's line up. Phot

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty still has work to do to get a start in Norwich City's line up. Photo: Niall Carsony/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Alex Neil has warned he will not be swayed by those clamouring for the return of his prolific Northern Irish striker Kyle Lafferty to Norwich City's starting line up.

Lafferty took his tally in Euro 2016 qualifying to seven goals with a brace in recent qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Hungary, but has so far had to settle for a bit-part role under Neil at Carrow Road.

Neil sanctioned a loan move to Turkey last season for the striker, but the 27-year-old is in the squad for Saturday's Premier League resumption against Bournemouth.

A knee injury in pre-season robbed Lafferty of an early chance to impress and the Scot insists he is not interested in pandering to public opinion.

'The one thing I would say is Northern Ireland don't play the way we do,' said Neil.

'If Kyle did play in our team he would have to adapt his style of play. He trains with the first team squad so he is in contention the same as everybody else. His situation has not changed in that respect, because Kyle has continued to do well and scored a few goals for his country all of a sudden people are campaigning for him to play and be involved.

'That is fine, but Kyle will be treated like any other player. If I think he is going to make us better he will get a fair crack, if I don't he won't. All the players know where they stand. I speak to them regularly. There are no grey areas.

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'If they are doing better than the guy in their position, then they are staking their claim for a place.'

Lafferty only returned to full training prior to the international break.

'Kyle had been injured, which was why he had not been involved so far this season,' said Neil.

'He has come back fine from the internationals. He did a light session on Thursday, along with Martin Olsson, but he is now in contention.'

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