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Interesting comments re. Kei Kamara

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Taken from Kyle McCarthy at Yahoo. Some innacuracies here, namely "Morison on loan to Leeds" and "Holt''s somewhat uncertain form" blah blah blah..... But some worthwhile comments nonetheless...

Kamara won''t benefit from the luxury of time as he attempts to turn his loan move to Norwich City into a permanent deal at the end of the season. The Sierra Leone international must somehow break into a fairly settled mid-table team and use his strengths – in this case, his physical approach and his willingness to shoot from everywhere (the Canaries don''t produce many chances) – to impress boss Chris Hughton.

Hughton''s current tactical setup hinders Kamara''s chances for success. Norwich operates out of a 4-4-1-1 formation with Wes Hoolahan usually deployed behind target man Grant Holt. This team shape – and the presence of the influential Robert Snodgrass on the right flank – basically limits Kamara to fighting for Holt''s somewhat uncertain place up front.

The burly target man''s indifferent form (after a prolific first Premier League campaign last year) and poor fitness prompted Hughton to pursue Celtic striker Gary Hooper to address the concerns. Celtic''s reluctance to sell ahead of the Champions League round of 16 affair against Juventus eventually forced Hughton to move down his list of targets and strike a deal with Leeds United for Argentine striker Luciano Becchio on deadline day to increase the competition for places.

Even with reserve striker Steve Morison sent to Leeds on loan in part exchange, Kamara finds himself no higher than third in the pecking order to win a spot that doesn''t particularly suit him. As he has showed time and again with Sporting Kansas City, he operates well when deployed into space in wider areas and handed the brief to exploit the areas inhabited by a fullback. Unless Hughton changes shape for some reason, Kamara will instead have to operate as a center forward running through the channels and serving as the touchstone for the attack. He can function in that sort of role, but he probably cannot exceed the standard set by players more accustomed to featuring there.

The conditions suggest Kamara will likely have to make his mark off the bench. The role could suit him nicely given the different qualities he provides (especially if his arrival involves a change in shape), but it also limits his opportunities to impress to certain situations. He must take them quickly in order to ensure he gives himself the best possible chance to make his Premier League switch permanent.

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I wonder whether he can offer an alternative to Hoolahan, playing behind the striker. I don''t think Hughton''s been impressed with Howson so far, and Kamara could offer something different there..

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"he operates well when deployed into space in wider areas and handed the brief to exploit the areas inhabited by a fullback"

 

= plays on the wing and likes getting behind the full back

 

This journo is apparently paid by the word.

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For me, the key Hughton comment regarding Kamara is that he is ''unpredictable'' - to me this sounds like Hughton will use him off the bench to try and add something different if chasing a game. I don''t personally think he will get a huge amount of starts whilst at Norwich - but could add some vital pace and energy in the last 20 mins of a game.

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"I think he may be deployed wide and with Pilks injured gives an opportunity albeit bennett probably ahead of him at the moment "

Kamara has ten games or less to prove his worth and I''m thinking that he will take Bennett''s place on the Bench as soon as CH judges him fit enough.

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When are people going to realise that the system Hughton plays has almost been forced on to him.

It is very difficult to play two up front if you don''t have two good enough. Simeon Jackson and Steve Morison were never going to do it so, after starting the season with 442 and he had to go with the best that he could and that was to accommodate Wes and find a suitable system.

Becchio and now Kamara will give the manager options, something he has had very few of before now, hence the reason why we have had so many late substitutions of which none have been result changing.

Kamara and Becchio are not trying to get into a 4411 system ........... they will be trying to get game time in what ever system the manager now plays or changes during a game.

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[quote user="Yellow Wall"]When are people going to realise that the system Hughton plays has almost been forced on to him.

It is very difficult to play two up front if you don''t have two good enough. Simeon Jackson and Steve Morison were never going to do it so, after starting the season with 442 and he had to go with the best that he could and that was to accommodate Wes and find a suitable system.

Becchio and now Kamara will give the manager options, something he has had very few of before now, hence the reason why we have had so many late substitutions of which none have been result changing.

Kamara and Becchio are not trying to get into a 4411 system ........... they will be trying to get game time in what ever system the manager now plays or changes during a game.[/quote]No 442 don''t work when you play two holding midfielder who can''t pass

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