Norwich defender Russell Martin has urged manager Chris Hughton to secure a permanent deal for striker Kei Kamara.
The Sierra Leonean international arrived at Carrow Road on loan from MLS side Sporting Kansas City earlier this year, and has made an instant impact on the first-team.
After netting against Everton, Kamara produced another fine display against Sunderland, adding a new cutting edge to the Canaries’ front-line.
Now, Martin is hopeful that the 28-year-old’s temporary switch will made a permanent one at the end of the season:
“It is the manager’s decision but yes, I’d love Kei (to stay), I think he has brought so much here. He has been a breath of fresh air, really.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
“And I think he’s not just a good lad, he’s a really good player. He has been really effective and I think he did great for us again at Sunderland.”
Kamara has spent his entire career in the USA, playing for a number of MLS teams and building up a reputation as one of the league’s top players in the process.
Despite this, some were pessimistic about his chances of adapting to Premier League football, suggesting that the American game is not a breeding ground for top quality talent.
Russell admitted that he is surprised by Kamara’s instant impact, but went on to say that he thinks football is improving Stateside:
“I think he’s been brilliant. He has surprised all of us, to be honest. You never know what you are going to get.
“The MLS is getting better and better, but you’re never sure what you’re getting.”
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