Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill admits frustration on Kyle Lafferty not finding a new club

Kyle Lafferty

The Norwich City striker has been linked with the likes of Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Leeds United have been heavily linked with a move for Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty in recent times.

They are not alone. Bristol City and Wolves were also linked.

Norwich City have however decided to keep hold of the player, although Alex Neill told the Eastern Daily Press last month that Lafferty had rejected a loan move - believed to be to Swiss outfit and former club FC Sion.

Rumours have continued of links to Leeds and Wolves for the emergency loan window but it seems as though nothing is in the pipeline and that Lafferty will end his season sitting on the sidelines for Norwich.

Which is frustrating for Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill. He is quoted by ESPN as stating:

"It's very frustrating for Kyle.

"I had hoped that the situation may have been resolved in January.

"Any manager, you always want you want your players playing. It's easier for Kyle if he's playing first-team football as well.

"I mean he's in no jeopardy of not coming to the tournament. But I think his frustration has boiled down to the fact that really he's not been given the chance at the end of the day.

"I think he's played less than 60 minutes of football this season for Norwich so it's not as if he's had the opportunity and hasn't performed.

"So I can understand his frustrations."

Lafferty was the star of his country's incredible qualifying campaign - which is why his lack of playing time this season will undoubtedly concern the Northern Ireland boss.

A loan move to someone like Leeds or Wolves, where he would have got plenty of first-team football in the attacking positions, would have been excellent for O'Neil and his nation.

As it is he will come into the tournament cold.

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