Former Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie believes second cousin and new Canaries signing Lewis Grabban can take his former side back to the Premier League.
Grabban is Neil Adams’ first signing as Norwich manager and relative Leon McKenzie who spent three successful years at Carrow Road insists Grabban can be the man to promote Norwich at the first attempt.
McKenzie, 36 and retired, says the former AFC Bournemouth striker has had a similar career to himself. McKenzie couldn’t settle at Crystal Palace until he found his feet at Norwich.
“He has not had it easy in his career, a bit like myself. I had six years at Palace and did well but my career never really kicked off until I left and dropped down to the third tier. I worked my way back up and sometimes you have to do that. It is not a bad thing to take a couple of steps back to learn your trade and mature. He has done it exactly right.” said McKenzie.
“He got 22 goals in the Championship and that is an excellent return. To get 20 goals in any league for a striker is job done. I would always say if you have a striker who can get you 15 to 20 then you are going in the right direction.
It wouldn’t surprise me if he does very well. It might take him a little while to settle but that is the case for any player moving to a new club. In terms of his ability he is a match-winner.” added McKenzie.
“He is a nice lad and a grounded individual. Compared to me he is not as bubbly and lively but don’t misunderstand or misinterpret that. He was at Palace with me, although he is a bit younger and Norwich have got a good player on their hands. He is the complete package.”