Norwich City’s Elliott Bennett is a right-back in the making for Alex Neil

Norwich City's Elliott Bennett has increasingly featured at right-back under Alex Neil. Picture by P

Norwich City's Elliott Bennett has increasingly featured at right-back under Alex Neil. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is convinced Elliott Bennett can challenge for a Premier League start in a new full-back role with Norwich City.

Bennett sparkled when switched to defence for City's final Carrow Road league game last season against Fulham, and Neil believes that is where the 26-year-old can make his mark.

The City boss revealed Bennett is ready to embrace a potential positional change after moving to Norwich as an exciting wide player back in 2011.

'Obviously there is gaps in the squad that need to be filled at the moment, when you see someone like Bradley Johnson playing at left-back, but Elliott played there towards the end of last season and it is a position he is quite keen to see just how well he can do,' said Neil. 'At the moment we are just looking at that as an option. I have spoken to Elliott and where he sees himself playing and where I see him playing and his capabilities and that is obviously why I have put him in that role.'

Neil admits Bennett's positive attitude is indicative of the characters under his command.


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'That makes my job easier,' he said. 'If you look at the squad we have a lot of boys who were here the last time Norwich were in the Premier League and they wanted to stay and be a part of it. I think they really do love Norwich City, a lot have been here for a number of years, and they do hurt if they or the team are not playing well. That gives me a great basis to work from because it means so much to the club.'

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