Norwich City: Is Kei Kamara Worth Keeping at Carrow Road?

Andy WardContributor IIApril 25, 2013

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Kei Kamara of Norwich City battles with Jem Karacan of Reading during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Reading at Carrow Road on April 20, 2013 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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In just two games time, Norwich City fans will have to wave goodbye to Kei Kamara as he jets back to the States to re-join his Sporting Kansas City teammates.

MLS rules state that the Sierra Leone star will be unable to take part in Norwich's final two fixtures due to the terms of his loan agreement, but the question on everyone's lips is will the 28-year-old return in the summer?

There's been a lot of debate amongst Canaries supporters about whether Kamara is a player worth persevering with, and the fact that such a discussion is even taking place clearly shows that some fans remain unconvinced.

He's impressed many with his boundless enthusiasm and passion, but frustrated others thanks to his goal return of just a solitary goal in nine appearances.

Looking back at his time in Norfolk, it's been something of a mixed bag and if he was to sign permanently, there are clearly areas of his game that need improvement.

However, despite this, I lay firmly in the "Sign Him Up" camp because I do feel that he is a player that has more to offer.

Despite approaching his thirties, in terms of footballing nous and knowhow, Kamara is still very raw, but in a strange kind of way, it's this novelty factor that makes him an exciting prospect.

He's fearless on the pitch, and as such, he's capable of fluctuating from the sublime to the ridiculous.

There doesn't seem to be much in between with Kamara, and that's why he's box office.

He's fun and frustrating to watch in equal measure, but with a full preseason under his belt, he has the ability to iron out those wrinkles in his performances.

Furthermore, Kamara has a few individual attributes that will make him a threat to defenders no matter what league he is playing in—with his aerial ability and pace his standout characteristics.

The way in which he can soar in the air is a really unique talent and he demonstrated just how effective such an avenue can be with his crucial equaliser against Everton back in February.

With the right service, he will undoubtedly be hard to stop and if Norwich deliver on their promise of adding more quality to the squad in the summer then he should receive more chances per game than he is having to put up with in this campaign.

What's more, he's clearly got an infectious personality that makes him a hit with fans and teammates alike.

You need characters like that around the dressing room to lift morale when things are going against you, and it's obvious to everyone that Kamara is literally living his dream by playing in one of the best leagues in the world.

Having said this, I would suspect that Kamara still isn't the type of striker that will get you something like 10 goals in a full Premier League season, which is why I would rather see him used primarily from the bench if he does pledge his future to the Canaries.

When defences are tiring, the last thing that they will want to see is a 6'3" man mountain readying himself to enter the fray, and Kamara could get a lot of joy in the finals stages of games.

With Ricky van Wolfswinkel arriving soon and possible further attacking recruits due to join in the summer, such a scenario may be the best that Kamara has to hope for, but that doesn't mean that he still can't have a big say in how Norwich City fare in 2013-14.

Whether Chris Hughton decides to call on Kamara again for a second line of duty remains to be seen, but I for one hope that we can look forward to seeing plenty more 'heart-shaped hands' at Carrow Road next season. 


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