Friday, May 18, 2012

Lambert – Norwich right place for Holt

Paul Lambert has insisted Grant Holt is at exactly the right club he needs to be if he is going to improve as a player and gain an England call-up.

Despite scoring 17 Barclays Premier League goals in his first season in the top-flight, Holt was not in new England manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s European Championships.

The striker handed in a unsuccessful transfer request to the club last month, with it believed Holt felt he had missed out on Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad because he hadn’t been at a bigger club.

Manger Paul Lambert has rejected that assumption however, insisting the striker needs to focus on continuing to improve at Norwich, If he does so then an England call could still come around for the former Shrewsbury front-man.

“This club fit Grant and vice-versa - he has been brilliant for this club and that should never be underestimated,” said Lambert.

“If he wasn't at Norwich he might not have made the England squad, he might not have scored 17 goals.

“From our point of view Grant has been brilliant for Norwich and vice-versa and if he keeps playing the way he has next year you just don't know.”

Lambert may have a point in claiming Holt and Norwich are a perfect fit, although, that may not hold much water should a bigger club come in with an offer for the powerful striker this summer. The betting certainly suggests he will move on and Interest from Rangers, as well as a number of Premier League sides, could come to fruition at some point during this summer’s transfer window.

Lambert could have a real battle on his hands to hang on to Holt.

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