Norwich City manager Alex Neil has backed Patrick Bamford to hit the goal trail and has praised the forward following his arrival, reports The Eastern Daily Press.

Bamford signed for Norwich last Saturday on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season and could potentially make his debut when Norwich host Tottenham at Carrow Road tonight.

The 22-year-old striker was on loan at Crystal Palace earlier in the season but failed to nail down a regular spot and therefore cut his loan spell short to seek other options. Alex Neil swooped in to take advantage of this and bring the England under-21 international on loan until the end of the season in a bid to help Norwich stay in the league.

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Sport

Bamford won Championship player of the season last term with Middlesbrough, who he was on loan to from Chelsea, and scored 17 goals in the league. They were eventually beaten by Norwich in the play-off final.

Speaking about his new arrival, Neil said this:

Patrick has good intelligent movement where he can play that number nine role.

Not like Dieu, perhaps, who looks to take the ball in and be a big presence, but more in the sense of spinning off centre backs and looking to get in behind. If you look at last season with Middlesbrough they played a naturally counter-attacking game most of the time where they would sit deep with the two holding midfield players.

He is a left-footer as well, which is different to the two we have got, and he is a clinical finisher. His goals ratio to chances is relatively high.

Read more from Daniel Emery