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Chelsea striker looking to prove himself at Norwich

Patrick Bamford wasn't great at Palace. Credit: PA

Patrick Bamford is hoping to show the Premier League what he's all about after joining Norwich for the rest of the season.

The Chelsea striker had an underwhelming spell with Crystal Palace and now wants to prove his qualities at Carrow Road.

It gives you a lot of confidence as a player if you know the manager wants you and that is better than going to a club where you are not sure if he does want you or he doesn't and it is just to make up the numbers so that was a big factor.

It was a tough time for me (at Palace). I did think I was going to play when I first went, but things in football change quite quickly.

It was just one of those things where the team was playing well and it was hard to get into (the side).

I would have liked to have hit the Premier League with a bit of bang at Palace, but that did not work out, so I have a bit of something to prove this time around, but I am not applying any more pressure to myself.

– Patrick Bamford


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Naismith eager to get one over Liverpool at Norwich

Former Everton frontman Steven Naismith is ready to help fire new club Norwich to victory against Liverpool in Saturday's early kick-off, should he get the go ahead from manager Alex Neil.

The Scotland international completed his switch from Merseyside to Norfolk earlier this week, for fee reported to be around £8million.

The 29-year-old would relish an opportunity to put one past the Reds if given the nod by Neil, whom he played against during their time in Scotland.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Naismith said:

Speaking to the manager here, I am going to get an opportunity to play which I need to prove I am worth, then once you get that chance I need to do well to stay in the team and I am relishing that opportunity. Just being involved is great, it is a nice coincidence that it (his first match) is against Liverpool.

It will be a tough game, one which we need to be ready for from the off, they have some great players, but at home especially Norwich have looked very strong in all their games, so I am looking forward to hopefully being involved in some way.

I scored my first goal (for Everton) against them, so if I could replicate that, it would be another good start.

– Everton winger Steven Naismith


Norwich City hopeful of Naismith deal

Everton forward Steven Naismith. Credit: PA

Norwich manager Alex Neil remains hopeful of closing out a deal for Everton's Steven Naismith this month.

The Canaries are said to be in pole position to capture the Scotland international after holding advanced talks with Everton.

Naismith, who has scored 18 Premier League goals in 103 appearances for the Toffees, has been a long-term target for Neil, but the Norwich boss has so far been unable to land his man.

"It has been nearly there for the best part of two weeks, so we will wait and see," said Neil of the 29-year-old Everton forward.

"There has been a lot of talk about it but until things are complete and over the line there is not much to say.

"He is an established Premier League player, who has played in this division for countless years and he has got goals, too.

"He is an international and he is a good lad off the pitch, so there is a whole host of reasons as to why we would be interested in that type of player."

Slick Bournemouth ease past Norwich

Benik Afobe scored his first Bournemouth goal. Credit: PA

Bournemouth recorded the biggest win of their short Premier League tenure after cruising to a 3-0 victory against Norwich.

Dan Gosling opened the scoring for the home side with 10 minutes gone before Charlie Daniels converted from the spot shortly after half-time.

Benik Afobe, Bournemouth's record signing, then opened his account for the club following a cool finish with 15 minutes remaining.

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