Norwich City can be quick learners

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert insists the Canaries' relative lack of top flight experience is no barrier to success.

City officially unveiled Bradley Johnson, Anthony Pilkington and Manchester United loan signing Ritchie de Laet at Carrow Road yesterday after Pilkington was confirmed as the club's sixth close season signing earlier this week.

Lambert's previous summer recruits James Vaughan, Steve Morison and Elliott Bennett also have limited Premier League pedigree between them – but the Scot is confident his squad will meet the challenge head on.

'If that was the case, then I shouldn't be here either,' he said. 'Am I worried about it? No, I don't have any fear whatsoever. Everybody needs an opportunity to go and try to perform. As long as they are hungry and want to do well I don't have any problem. I certainly don't go with that assumption. I don't agree with it – that you have to have played in the Premier League.

'Let's wait and see. Time will tell when we are in it and if we win more than games than not. It's new for everybody. Not many of the boys have been at that level before but there certainly isn't any fear in them.

'They've earned the right so why do we need to have any trepidation of playing the best teams.'

Lambert will not rule out a further foray into the market ahead of City's top flight return|.

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'I don't think you ever stop looking,' he said. 'That is the nature of the game but the squad is strong with the ones we have added. We brought in six now, we might to try to bring in another one maybe defensively. We'll wait and see.

'The lads we have brought in have settled in really, really well and those lads already here before have been every bit as good they were over the past two years.

'I said it before but everyone has to do well for us to get a foothold in the league. We need them all to gel together and perform to the best of their ability.'

Latest arrival Pilkington had only recently returned to light training after breaking his leg in March with former club Huddersfield. Lambert is putting no timescale on the 23-year-old's road to full fitness.

'I won't be throwing him in right away until he is ready, but in the long run he will be a terrific player for this football club,' he said. 'I can see the potential in him but only when he is ready and he will be a good player for us. I knew him from his Stockport days so that is how long I have been aware of him.

'Then he went to Huddersfield and did fantastically well for them so when we had an opportunity to bring him here we went for it and we managed to do it.'

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