Kei Kamara’s future should be with Norwich City

Kei Kamara keeps his eyes on the prize against Reading. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Kei Kamara keeps his eyes on the prize against Reading. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The debate raged following Norwich’s all important win over Reading, but I’m not sure why it’s worth a lengthy discussion – the answer seems obvious.

The back story to Kei Kamara has been told so much, we are all aware where he has come from. The biggest question for some time has been where’s he going?

A Sierra Leone striker whose career was built on a useful MLS record, the 28-year-old’s move to the Premier League was a situation where there was nothing to lose for either party.

On-pitch expectation bordered on minimal – outshone by the off-pitch love for a man with an obviously infectious personality. That in itself has made a significant impact.

But take a moment to think about what Kamara has done since arriving on-loan at the end of January – and remember, he arrived with barely two weeks of a US pre-season under his belt.

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There was the four-minute cameo against Fulham – one that particular goalless draw didn’t deserve. His wider role at Arsenal saw him earn the free-kick that handed City a lead they looked set to hold until Richard West’s flag started and failed to intervene.

His excellent leading of the line against Sunderland – from the start and when the Canaries went down to 10 men – which ensured the Black Cats always had something to think about defensively.

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And of course, Everton – where Kei came on to equalise and help turn the game on its head. When you’ve been just four points clear of the Premier League drop zone, turning zero points into three is as priceless as Saturday’s victory.

And Reading was a win, don’t forget, sparked by Kamara’s impressive run and drive that Alex McCarthy did well to turn over. From the resulting corner, City were 1-0 up. Two minutes later it was job done, late worries excepted.

For someone who arrived without match sharpness and no expectation on his shoulders, having to take a huge step up for the Premier League, rejected by Stoke – he has already provided a contribution to be proud of.

Having recently sat down with Kamara for the latest edition of The Canary magazine, I know the Sporting Kansas City man wants City’s safety guaranteed before his loan-enforced absence for the final two games.

I believe all the pieces for a permanent Norwich move were put in place when Kei joined on loan, so it’s hard to imagine the fee would be expensive or a stumbling block.

And given what he’s done, plus the impact he could make next season in City’s crop of strikers, it shouldn’t be a discussion either.

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