Northern Ireland hero Kyle Lafferty – linked with a move to Leeds – says he’s ready to fight for his Norwich career after shunning the “easy option” of a loan move.
Lafferty is in the form of his life at international level, taking his Euro 2016 qualifying tally to seven in eight matches with the injury-time equaliser against Hungary on Monday night.
Only Bayern Munich pair Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller have bettered that return for Germany, but while they are key cogs at one of the giants of European football,Lafferty is unsure where he stands at Carrow Road.
He joined Turkish side Rizespor for the second half of last season and a knee injury means he has yet to feature at all this term.
With Cameron Jerome, Dieumerci Mbokani and Gary Hooper also on the Canaries’ books, the 27-year-old faces a battle to persuade manager Alex Neil but it is one he is ready to embrace.
Leeds are amongst the clubs reportedly on the trail of Lafferty, but the player insists he wants to stay at Carrow Road: “Every single player in this world wants to play in the Premier League, you just have to look at the players playing in it. I want to play against those players.
“I’m not going to take the easy option and go out on loan to a Championship team, play the long-ball game. I want to play against the best players in the world in the Premier League.
“When I was a young boy I sat watching Match of the Day, dreaming of playing there, so I’m not going to throw my hat in now and take that easy option.
“I will just go back and work my socks off in training and keep on knocking on the manager’s door.
“If he sits me down and says I’m not in his plans, then it’s time for me to make a decision whether I do go out on loan or stay and work even harder to change his mind.”