Neil delighted with Norwich City options

Date published: Friday 2nd October 2015 4:44

Alex Neil: Norwich City boss delighted with options

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is delighted with the options he has both on the left and up front as Dieurmerci Mbokani closes on full fitness.

The Canaries hosts Leicester City on Saturday defending an unbeaten four-match run, which was within moments of including a victory at West Ham before conceding an equaliser deep into stoppage time.

On-loan Irons winger Matt Jarvis – who had netted twice in three appearances – returns to contention having been ineligible against his parent club last weekend, when Robbie Brady staked his claim for a starting berth with the opening goal in what was an entertaining 2-2 draw at Upton Park.

Mbokani, meanwhile, could soon be handed the opportunity to lead the attack in the Premier League for the first time since arriving on loan from Dynamo Kiev.

Neil said: “It is a great problem to have. I have three excellent players down that left-hand flank.

“It will be obviously a decision to make and I am pretty clear what I am going to do.

“Then in terms of the top end of the pitch I think Dieumerci is a completely different option to Cameron (Jerome) and once we get him fully up to match speed then I think, depending on who we play, he might be a different option to how we approach things.

“Cameron, so far, has led the line really well for us, but it’s good to have that variety.”

Aside from the opening day defeat to Crystal Palace and a 3-0 reverse at Southampton, Neil’s men have acquitted themselves well back in the top flight following promotion in the play-offs, currently in 12 place.

“We are pleased with our performances and have competed well,” said the Scot.

“For how well we have played, we are probably three points short of where we should be, but we are comfortable at this level.”

Leicester retained their Premier League status under Nigel Pearson following an impressive end to last season.

Ranieri has continued that work, with last weekend’s 5-2 loss to Arsenal a first league defeat.

“He has done well, has come in and picked up a lot of points early, which is always good,” Neil said to Norwich City TV.

“If we beat them though, we can go above them so that just shows how well we have started as well.

“We are confident going into the game, and are really determined, particularly at home, to make sure we force that and get the three points.”

Belgian international midfielder Vadis Ojidja-Ofoe has returned to Norwich from a spell at Rotherham, while 21-year-old forward Jamar Loza has joined League Two side Stevenage on a one-month emergency loan.

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