As the September international break comes to a close, the build up to Cardiff City's trip to face Norwich City this Saturday now begins (TICKETS HERE)!
Cardiff City Player HD spoke to the Bluebirds’ Head Coach, Paul Trollope, last week as he set his sights on the Canaries and rounded up City’s activity in the transfer market.
First up, Trollope explained what he expects from the Bluebirds’ deadline day recruit, Rickie Lambert, who could pull on City’s shirt for the first time this Saturday.
“He will bring a lot, Rickie,” began Paul. “He obviously has a great, great goal-scoring record. He’s a good lad – good in the dressing room and he’ll be very good for the spirit of the group.
“It’s not only scoring goals; he can create goals and also link a lot of the play together. He’s a target man who can get hold of the ball and provide a platform for us to play off.
“From the first group of five, six games, we feel we’ve got into some really nice positions and played some decent stuff at times, but not finished it off when we’ve been on top.
“We’ve looked extensively in that area and were really delighted to get Rickie on board. Looking at the others, Joe Bennett we feel is a really good replacement for Fábio and Brian Murphy will provide good cover in the goalkeeping department. We’re really pleased with the business that we did.”
Trollope next looked ahead to the Bluebirds trip to face Norwich this Saturday – a match that will see him return to familiar surroundings at Carrow Road.
When asked whether he was looking forward to returning to the side at which he previously coached, Paul replied: “Absolutely. We're back to one of my old Clubs – it seems like I have a lot of those at the moment at the start of this season!
“It’s a good Club and they’ve got a good side there so we know it’s going to be a challenge.
“We’ve shown a lot of good things from our games though. As I said, we’re disappointed to not have capitalised on some of the good play we’ve produced and chances we’ve created.
“We’ve got three games in the week so we’re going into a busy period. As we come back into it we’ll be hitting the ground running ready for the next set of games.”
Watch more from Paul Trollope on the transfer window and City's upcoming matches below...