Having completed the loan signing of Patrick Bamford on Saturday, City boss Alex Neil says that if he’d tried to sign last season’s Championship player of the season in the summer, that he would have cost the Canaries a fortune.
Talking at Colney this morning, this is what the gaffer had to say:
‘Obviously he did extremely well last season and won Championship Player of the Year. If we had tried to recruit him in the summer you would have been talking double figures, £10m-plus.’
‘The fact we can get that calibre player in on a loan deal between now and the end of the season will hopefully increase our fire-power and give us a bit more competition.’
Neil stopped short of guaranteeing Bamford games, saying: ‘He will come in and compete with Dieumerci Mbokani and Cameron Jerome.
‘Then it will be up to him to show his qualities and hopefully stake his claim for a place in the team. It can only help us that we have more competition.’