Canaries can fly with summer signings

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Norwich City boss Paul Lambert believes the club's summer signings will not be daunted by playing in the Barclays Premier League next season.

Bradley Johnson, Anthony Pilkington and Richie de Laet have all moved to Carrow Road in the last week, the later on loan, taking the club's transfer activity to six new additions so far in the transfer window.

Last season's Npower Championship runners-up are one of the bookmakers' favourites for the drop this season, but Lambert believes the signings are standing his squad in good stead for the coming season.

"I'm delighted to get these three lads in, hopefully it will complement the lads we already have here and the other lads that have come in before. I'm really happy with the group I've got at the minute," the former Colchester boss told Canaries Player.

"Every one of them have played in big games before and I wouldn't have any problem whatsoever about them playing in front of big crowds."

De Laet joins the club on a season long loan deal from Manchester United, and Lambert has thanks compatriot Sir Alex Ferguson for allowing the young defender to move to Norfolk this summer.

"Sir Alex Ferguson was kind enough to let him come down, which we're grateful for and he'll do great for us I think. I think you just have to look at Ritchie's background, coming from arguably one of the biggest clubs in the world, and he's played with them, not just been involved in the squad, the manager continued.


"I've known of Ritchie for a few years, but it's his pace that I like. He can cover the ground very, very quickly which I think is needed in the modern game, you've got to be able to get about a football pitch. But if you've played for Manchester United, you're doing something right."

Johnson joins the club on a free transfer after impressing with Leeds United during his three years at the club, whilst Pilkington was one of Npower League One's stand-out performers with Huddersfield Town. He moved to Norwich for an undisclosed fee.

"I don't think Bradley is going to shirk anything. I think that because of the way he plays the game and the way he is. He's played in big games before and at a massive club and knows how to play in front of big crowds, which tells you a lot about people in a football environment. I'm delighted he's here," said Lambert in reference to the Scot.

"I've always liked him [Pilkington]. He did great at Huddersfield.

"He got an injury last season and it's up to us to get him back fit, there's no timescale on him but hopefully he'll be back sooner rather than later. I'm convinced he will be a huge asset to the football club."

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