Neil ‘really, really chuffed’ for Mbokani

Date published: Tuesday 29th December 2015 2:28

Dieumerci Mbokani Jonny Howson Norwich

Alex Neil expects Dieumerci Mbokani to impress throughout the second half of the season after the DR Congo striker scored in Norwich’s 2-0 Premier League defeat of Aston Villa.

Mbokani was among four changes to Neil’s team, having replaced the established Cameron Jerome, and after being a consistent physical threat to Villa’s struggling defence, he headed their second goal in the 87th minute.

Neil also revealed he expects to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window, and it is perhaps only a consistent goalscorer he requires to lead his team to survival, but asked of Mbokani’s strong performance, he replied: “He’s capable of doing that.

“He’s been a bit unfortunate, the fact that he’s played some difficult matches. But he’s more than capable of being a real handful for us, and I thought it was the perfect game for him.

“He came in and did more than I could ask for, so I’m really, really chuffed for him.

“He’ll be a real force for us in the second half of the season, he’s got three goals for us in six starts, which is a really good return, and if he continues to play like he did, he’ll do fine.

“I still think we need to strengthen the squad, we need to help the squad as much as we can. If we can strengthen in certain areas, it’ll give us the best chance in the second half of the season.

“We’ll certainly be active in the window, and hopefully successful.”

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