This Saturday’s game at Carrow Road saw Kei Kamara make his first Premier League start. But the MLS star was not able to impact the game in the way that he would have liked. It’s fair to say that the snowy conditions in Norwich were not quite what he has been use to.
Kamara kept putting himself about throughout the game and showed the occasion sign of what has been previously seen from him. But the longer outing showed how raw the player is when it comes to Premier League football.
It has been well documented that the passing game never really got going, but another major problem with Norwich’s attacking play was Kamara’s poor positional awareness. I think this is a combination of getting used to his teammates and the pace of the Premier League.
What will be interesting to see is how Hughton will use the forward over the next few weeks. Of course, his chances in the team might be impacted by the formation that the Norwich boss chooses to use. But what we saw against Southampton may suggest that he is best as an impact player for short bursts.
The term super-sub is not one that the majority of players like because every professional footballer likes to play as much as possible. However, it’s also true to say that all the best teams have one in their locker. Norwich has the option of making this deal permanent and maybe this is the role that Kamara can fulfil.