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Frustrated Lafferty needs exit route from Norwich City

By Steven Beacom

Kyle Lafferty will be getting used to it by now, but that won't decrease his frustration.

On Tuesday night, for what seemed like the umpteenth time this season, Norwich played a game and the Northern Ireland star did not see any action.

This time it was a Capital One Cup tie away to Everton, which ended 1-1 after extra-time before the Toffees won 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out.

Lafferty, a hero for the Canaries in the previous round after scoring one goal and creating another in a 3-0 victory over West Brom, watched the whole thing from the bench, itching to be given a chance to show what he could do.

On the same evening, his Norwich team-mate and former Celtic striker Gary Hooper agreed a loan move until January to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the hope that he could play more first-team football.

Lafferty has already stated that he may be forced to depart Carrow Road for game time in the build-up to the Euro 2016 finals, but whether Norwich boss Alex Neil allows the Fermanagh man to leave remains to be seen.

Clearly, the ex-Rangers forward, who scored seven goals in Northern Ireland's march to France, is down the pecking order at Norwich and is effectively cover for the manager's preferred strikers.

Even Neil saying that Lafferty was ahead of Hooper in his plans won't be much consolation.

Speaking about why he let Hooper leave the Canaries for the Owls, Neil said: "I have Lewis Grabban, Cameron Jerome, Kyle and (Dieumerci) Mbokani.

"Gary wanted to play some football and I see those other guys as ahead of him."

As for Lafferty, Neil said: "He has been unfortunate. We have operated with one up top this season so it becomes difficult for him to get a spot in the team but he is training well and he is a part of the squad."

That's about all.

Lafferty needs a move away from Norwich as much as Hooper.

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