Former Leeds striker David Healy backs Kyle Lafferty to shine at Elland Road having recommended the forward at the start of the season

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Steve Evans is hoping to bring the Norwich striker to the club during the January transfer window.

Former Leeds United striker David Healy is backing Kyle Lafferty to prove a success should he complete a move to Elland Road during the January transfer window, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

It is partially due to Healy's assessment of his former teammate - having played alongside the 28-year-old at international level, as well as during a brief spell with Rangers - that Steve Evans is attempting to complete a deal that would see Lafferty join United on loan until the end of the season (via Yorkshire Evening Post).

The Yorkshire Evening Post explains that club president Massimo Cellino asked Healy for his opinion of the Norwich forward at the start of the season. And while Uwe Rosler was not keen on a move at the time, his successor appears much more hopeful of bringing the striker to the club. 

And while Rosler's reservations may have centred around how Lafferty has struggled to replicate his ability to score freely for Northern Ireland at club level, Healy believes that his countryman will be a great signing for his old side, should they get a deal done. 

"With Kyle, I think he's the sort who could do well there and I think Leeds would benefit from having him. He does score goals. It maybe doesn't look like it when you consider his club record but with Northern Ireland, when he's starting games and getting a run in the team, he's come up with goals at the right times," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Like Lafferty, Healy was often guilty of failing to match his goalscoring exploits for his country when it came to playing for his club. During his three years at Elland Road, the 36-year-old scored 29 goals in 111 league games.

However, Healy was often played out of position in an often dysfunctional team that was trying to balance the books, while also attempting to adapt to life outside of the top flight.

Similarly, Lafferty has faced obstacles during his club career, having often been denied the chance to hold down a regular place in the starting line-up, which has left his career record looking rather ordinary - much like Healy's record from his time at Leeds.

But having worked closely with Lafferty on numerous occasions, he clearly feels that if he can enjoy a run in the side, he can prove to be as prolific at Elland Road as Healy often threatened to be. 

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