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Kei Kamara offers Norwich a 'new dimension,' claims Hughton

Kei Kamara offers Norwich a 'new dimension,' claims Hughton

Jan Kruger

After an impressive, albeit brief, cameo from the bench on his loan debut at home to Fulham, the Sporting Kansas City forward was praised by the Canaries boss.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has praised Sporting Kansas City's Kei Kamara after the striker made his Premier League debut against Fulham.

The Sierra Leone forward, who joined the Canaries on loan from the MLS side prior to the close of the January transfer window, was only promoted to the first-team squad for the visit of Fulham on the morning of the game, after Grant Holt suffered a back spasm.

Kamara entered the field at Carrow Road in the closing stages, having not played a competitive fixture since November, yet Hughton was evidently impressed by his first few minutes of English football.

"I liked what I saw," Hughton told the Eastern Daily Press. "It is as much about getting him up to speed now, and he’ll certainly give us another dimension.

"We took a bit of a chance with him. Although he has been training, he is well off with the pace of matches because he has had this break with the MLS season.

"We knew we could not play him for so long, because the worst thing would have been if we had played him earlier, he pulls a hamstring or picks up an injury and he is out for the next three or four weeks."

Kamara, described as a "rangy, mobile player" by Hughton, scored 30 goals in the last three seasons for Sporting Kansas City, and he was on the scoresheet from the penalty spot in its 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final victory over the Seattle Sounders in August.

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