Norwich City must share the goal burden as Alex Neil steps up striker search

Norwich City's defensive duo Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin have been called into Scotland's sq

Norwich City's defensive duo Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin have been called into Scotland's squad for upcoming Euro qualifiers. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is demanding his Norwich City squad weigh in with goals as he decides whether to up the ante for Wolves' hitman Benik Afobe.

City's opening transfer bid was turned down flat by the Championship promotion hopefuls for the 22-year-old striker, who notched his third goal in four appearances this season during the midweek 3-2 home league defeat to QPR.

Neil has made no secret of his desire to attract fresh firepower to the club, but the Scot is also urging his troops to carry on in the same attacking vein following a 3-1 win at Sunderland.

'We shared them out last year. We had something like 11 or 12 different goalscorers from February onwards and we certainly shared them out in the last game,' he said. 'Steven (Whittaker's) finish was excellent. On first goal I don't really care to be honest if it has just hit Russell (Martin) and gone in or not. That was something we have spoken about - that we lacked goals from defenders. The midfielders and strikers have done the business so for Russell and Steven to get goals is great for us and you see Nathan Redmond scoring two in two already this season.

'There were some fantastic goals (at Sunderland), but we have been doing that for quite a well. I know it's the Premier League now and it's a higher level but the quality we have in the group is there for all to see.'

Whittaker's angled strike after a flowing team move was the highlight of Neil's first Premier League win as a manager.

'You look at the second goal and that is how we want to play and our style,' he said. 'We have good players with good technique and getting your full-backs in around the box to step in and play those one twos.

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'To win away at Sunderland and to win comfortably. It doesn't get much better than that for me.'