Kyle Lafferty joined Norwich in the summer of 2014 for an undisclosed fee, and he joined with a reputation, but that didn’t really show through his hard-working performances.
For the first half of the 2014/15 season, Lafferty was a fairly regular name on the team sheet under Neil Adams. Although he was utilised as a left-sided midfielder, not as a striker – his preferred position.
It was a disappointing start to his Norwich City career, after such high expectations with him being handed the No.9 shirt – he did look good in parts, but he failed to do so on a regular basis.
In January 2015, Alex Neil took charge of Norwich City following the departure of Neil Adams.
From then on, his career at Carrow Road looked under threat. He clearly wasn’t in Neil’s plans as in February he was loaned out to Turkish side Çaykur Rizespor, where he spent the remainder of the season.
Lafferty went on to make 14 appearances for the Süper Lig side, scoring on two occasions.
Norwich City then gained promotion to the Premier League courtesy of a play-off final win over Middlesbrough and many wondered if he’d be shipped out.
He played his part in a few pre-season games, although a knee injury caused him to miss the first month of the season.
Despite rumours, Norwich City kept hold of Grabban, Jerome and Hooper, and then added Dieurmerci Mbokani to Neil’s pool of strikers.
Lafferty was also kept but has only been utilised from the bench on two occasions – one of which he scored in.
It is fairly surprising he hasn’t been played more following his fine goalscoring for Northern Ireland in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign – seven goals and one assist in nine games.
Lafferty has spoken recently of being desperate of first-team football, which he isn’t getting at Norwich City, and I feel a move to the Championship would benefit him at club level.
He can be operated as a left midfielder but he is stronger as a striker, where he can be a target man or stretch the opposition’s backline.
Despite Hooper’s recent loan move away it doesn’t look like Lafferty is in Neil’s plans (again) so I can see a loan move to the Championship happening.
I feel the only stumbling block in a potential move would be his behaviour. If the club can keep him on his feet, he can definitely have a positive effect.
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