Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Dublin backs Morison to shine

Steve Morison

New Norwich striker Steve Morison has all the attributes to make an impact in the Barclays Premier League if he can handle the mental tests ahead, according to Canaries legend Dion Dublin.

The 27-year-old signed on to Paul Lambert's summer recruitment drive as part of the rebuilding process ahead of a first top-flight campaign for the Norfolk club since 2005. Wales international Morison was playing for non-league Stevenage just two years ago and his transfer from Millwall, where he scored 17 goals last season, certainly represents a step up in class.

Dublin told the Norwich Evening News: "I think he can do it, but only time will tell. He has got the attributes, but it's not about his game - it's about his mental game."

He added: "I like him, but it is whether he can handle the stature, the skill, the physique and the pace of the Premier League and the Premier League centre-halves.

"He is 6ft 4ins, a strong lad, but he's now going to be playing against himself.

"It is about speed, strength and big physiques in the Premier League, and it's whether he's mentally prepared when he thinks 'I haven't scored today'."

Lambert, who guided Norwich to successive promotions from League One, has wasted no time in adding to his squad, with Everton striker James Vaughan another early-summer addition.

Brighton winger Elliott Bennett, 22, looks set to complete his move imminently, with Seagulls boss Gus Poyet having already set aside some of the reported £1.5m transfer fee to sign Will Buckley from Watford.

Dublin has been impressed with the way the Scottish coach has gone about his business, but feels Norwich will need a few more additions if they are to beat the odds and stay in the Premier League.

"It's down to one person and that's the manager. Paul Lambert has done a great job from start to finish," the 42-year-old said. "Norwich were one of the biggest clubs in the Championship and Paul Lambert deserves the chance to manage in the Premier League."

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