Kyle Lafferty firmly in Norwich mix insists Canaries boss Alex Neil

Norwich's Kyle Lafferty (right) celebrates scoring in midweek
Norwich's Kyle Lafferty (right) celebrates scoring in midweek

Norwich boss Alex Neil believes Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty can be a valuable asset in the Barclays Premier League.

Lafferty scored in a 3-0 win over West Brom in the Capital One Cup in midweek – his first goal for the club since January.

Dinamo Kiev forward Dieumerci Mbokani also featured in attack against West Brom.

With Lewis Grabban now back in the fold following a club suspension and Gary Hooper close to returning from injury, Neil expects the healthy competition to keep everyone on their toes.

“I have a few difficult decisions and that competition is exactly what you want,” he said. “I want it to become difficult because whatever way you look at it you are going to be leaving out one or two very good players.

“I was delighted for Kyle that he got his goal and Dieumerci had a great chance just before he came off, but for the two of them to score would have probably been asking too much.”