Lambert: Norwood will be great for this club
Paul Lambert believes new signing James Norwood, will be great signing for Ipswich, labelling the striker as having a goalscoring instinct.
The 28-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Portman Road, with the Club having the option of an additional 12 months.
Norwood, finished the campaign as the EFL’s top scorer having netted 32 times for the Whites, only a tally matched by Sergio Augero in the whole country.
Speaking on the signing of Norwood, Lambert said: “I’d watched him for Tranmere before the season finished and he did really well in the game, and the good thing about him is that he looks like he can score different types of goals.
“He’s a different type and he’s played a hell of a lot of games over three years, I think he’s played over 150 games, so he never really misses games.
“He knows what the game is about, he’s experienced, and he’s clever with it, and if he does what he did last season, then we’ve got a really good player.”
He continued: “I saw him before the season finished when I went to see Tranmere play and I saw him and thought the lad is definitely a goal threat in the penalty box.
“His movement was really good, and he got on the end of things really well, and if you score 32 goals it doesn’t matter what division you’re in, if you score 32 in any shape of football you know you’ve got a goalscoring instinct, and I think he’ll be great for this club.”
Norwood, along with Judge, has been given extra time off this summer due to the extra football both played in the close season. Lambert said this was always going to be the case, even before Judge broke his wrist: “We gave him (Norwood) and Judgey a bit of extra time because James had the play-off games and Judgey had the international games, so we gave them time.”
“He and James will come in just before we go to Germany due to their commitments with Ireland and Tranmere’s play-off games.
“Obviously, Judgey has his broken wrist. He’s doing fine, and we have to wait and see how he’s feeling. I spoke to him the other week there to see how he was, and he wasn’t too bad, I’ll see Judgey and see how he feels.”
Alongside Norwood and Judge, wide man Gwion Edwards was also missing. Edwards finished last season with a groin injury, something that Lamber isn’t overly concerned with: “Gwion’s doing really well, he’s got one more week I think and then he’ll be ready to join in with everybody else,”