I think it’s fair to say that the signing of Kei Kamara wasn’t exactly widely welcomed by all Norwich City fans. However, he showed in his brief cameo role against Fulham what exactly he brings to the table.
There is always an element of disdain about players coming in from the MLS. It’s a little difficult to know why this is. But I think a lot of fans feel that it’s a poor league with no real players of quality. This is certainly that the view I have of Major League Soccer.
However, it’s fair to say that it is difficult to get a gauge of quality within the league. This is largely because top quality players are often playing alongside those that are not so good. In that respect, it is not yet anywhere near the quality of the top European leagues.
The reality is players that appear regularly in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League are all top players. And any club that signs one of those has a fairly good idea on what they are getting. Chris Hughton has obviously sent his scouts out to Kansas and identified Kamara as a prospect.
However, he obviously found it hard to judge without seeing him alongside Premier League quality. Of course, he could have taken a gamble and secured the man on a permanent deal straight away. But that wouldn’t have been very good had Kamara not been able to adjust to the pace of the league.
Therefore, the loan deal has given him the opportunity to have a really good look at what sort of qualities he can bring to the English top-flight. The first evidence suggests that he may not have been trained to the highest standard, and he may well be a work in progress. However, he offers something completely different to what Norwich already had available.
It will be interesting to see how the player performs for the rest of the time that he is here. But he looks to have that bit of pace and trickery that could open some significant doors as Norwich looks to pull away from the relegation zone.