Becchio can 'hit the ground running' at Norwich, claims Hughton

After the striker joined the Canaries from Leeds, their manager says his new signing can have an instant impact, starting with their game against big-spending bottom club QPR
Norwich manager Chris Hughton is looking for Luciano Becchio to "hit the ground running" at Carrow Road, following his deadline day move.

Becchio arrived from Leeds as part of a swap deal that saw Steve Morison sent the other way, and his new manager is confident he can have an immediate influence on Norwich’s play.

"Becchio is a player in good form this season, which is important,'' Hughton told reporters.

"You want someone who is going to hit the ground running and give us something, whether it is starting or on the bench."

Hughton also confirmed the Canaries made several bids for Celtic striker Gary Hooper, and that all were rejected by the SPL leaders.
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“We did put bids in and they were substantial bids, certainly by the levels of this football club,” he added.

“All the conversations we had with Celtic were good, amicable conversations, but it was very clear he is a player who they had a big valuation of and did not want to lose.”

Norwich face QPR tomorrow, who spent big in the January transfer window as they look to move off the bottom of the Premier League, and Hughton knows his side are in for a big test.

“QPR are in good form and are confident, they have brought in some very good quality players,” he said.

“They had an effective system up against Manchester City. Whether they see this as a home game which is winnable, perhaps their tactics will be a bit different.

“Every three points for us are valuable, which is the same for QPR. We need to go into the game with the same spirit and determination as we had against Spurs.”

Despite his side’s recent poor run of form that has seen them go winless since December, Hughton is confident his side can rediscover their winning touch.

“We know where we are - it is difficult for us to sustain the form we showed a few months ago right the way through the season, so you are going to have you lows, you have to accept it and it is how you respond,” Hughton said.

“It was a performance against Spurs like which we had showed before the dip, so that is encouraging. We just need to pick up points where we can now, with strong performances in every game.”