Hughton: Bassong & Garrido could get Norwich debuts against QPR

The 53-year-old has revealed that the defensive duo could feature at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon as the Canaries look to bounce back from a 5-0 defeat to Fulham
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has revealed he has no fear of handing any of his recent signings a debut against QPR on Saturday.

The Canaries completed the signing of Javier Garrido on a season-long loan from Italian side Lazio last week and have also now added centre-back Sebastien Bassong to their defensive ranks.

And, after seeing his side beaten 5-0 by Fulham on the opening day of the season, Hughton has underlined his willingness to throw both players in at the deep end.

“Both new lads will certainly feature in due course, whether it is this weekend is a decision I have to make,” he told reporters.

“They are now on board. What I was keen on with both of them was although they are foreign players they have experience of the Premier League. Irrespective of what player in what position you want competition and we will be healthier for it.

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“I was clear about some areas that I wanted some real competition in the squad. That is normal in any football club and it is certainly not to the detriment of anybody who is at this football club.

"It is competition that we all want – and that includes the players – so no, what happened at the weekend did not hasten that. My job is to get a good, strong squad.”

The former Birmingham City boss also admitted that further additions were a possibility, but remained tight-lipped on the identity of any targets.

“I think most of what you will hear is speculation. We have done quite well here of doing our business the right way and behind the scenes. The only consistent thing is we will announce anything that is right for us,” he added.

“I don’t know [if there will be further additions], but we will strive to do something right up until the last day of the window, like everybody else. If there is an opportunity and we think it is the right type of player and right for this football club we will endeavour to do that.”