Hit or miss. Do you want Norwich City’s quartet to be Euro stars?
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:03 07 June 2016
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Norwich City’s Premier League relegation may still sting but for a quartet of Alex Neil’s squad the season can finish on a high note at Euro 2016.
Republic of Ireland duo Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan are gearing up for a group opener against Sweden and Martin Olsson next Monday at the Stade de France - venue for the curtain raiser to the tournament on Friday when hosts France face Romania.
Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty gets his campaign up and running on Sunday with a tie against Poland in Nice, before further Group C games against World Champions Germany and Ukraine.
Lafferty was farmed out again on loan at the end of the domestic season with a brief spell at Championship club Birmingham after a limited role in the Canaries’ failed top flight campaign. The frontman may well view the European stage as a perfect shop window to kickstart his career after a prolific goalscoring spell in qualifying earned him headlines alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.
But the Canaries’ top brass may be less happy to see Brady embellish his growing reputation with a starring role in the Irish bid for glory. The 24-year-old is set for a leading role in Martin O’Neill’s plans and alongside Nathan Redmond is undoubtedly one of the club’s highest-valued commodities ahead of the opening of next month’s transfer window.
Olsson and Hoolahan have both proved their worth in the Championship before and would be expected to feature heavily again in Neil’s fightback, but Olsson, in particular, could attract top flight interest with a decent showing in Swedish colours.
• The question we are posing to Norwich City fans is simply ‘Does a good Euro 2016 campaign for the club’s international quartet help or hinder City’s Championship promotion push?’