Vadis Odjidja firmly in Alex Neil’s thoughts for Norwich City’s run-in

Vadis Odjidja returned to the first team fold in a subsitute appearance against West Brom. Picture:

Vadis Odjidja returned to the first team fold in a subsitute appearance against West Brom. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Vadis Odjidja remains very much part of Alex Neil's plans at Norwich City.

The Belgian international returned to the first team fold in the 1-0 win over West Brom last weekend after a near seven-week absence.

Odjidja's last start for the Canaries came in the 3-0 defeat at Bournemouth and a combination of a loss of form and a calf injury had seen him fall down the midfield pecking order in recent weeks.

There had been some speculation the 27-year-old could be loaned out again as he was to Rotherham earlier this season but Thursday's deadline came without incident with regard to midfielder.

'Vadis was a bit unfortunate in that he was involved with the squad, played a few games and then he got a calf injury that ruled him out for a couple of weeks but he is certainly in and around the squad .'

Another player firmly in Neil's first team plans is Patrick Bamford with the Chelsea loanee starting City's last two Premier League games.

The striker has had to be patient in waiting for his opportunity at Carrow Road but showed enough against Manchester City and West Brom for Neil to believe the player can play a major part in the club's battle for survival.

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'Patrick has a lot of quality and he can be a big player for us over the run-in,' added Neil. 'He was the Championship player-of-the-year last season and you look at the price Benik Afobe went in January so it shows you how much he is potentially worth and what a good player we have brought in.'

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