Norwich City boss Paul Lambert cools Elliott Bennett expectancy

Elliott Bennett
Bennett featured 53 times in Brighton's League One-winning season

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has warned supporters not to expect an immediate impact from new signing Elliott Bennett.

The 22-year-old's move on Tuesday will see the winger make the step up from League One to the Premier League.

"I don't think anybody should have an expectance level on him," Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"He's only a 22-year-old lad but he's earned the opportunity to come with the rest of the club and make his mark."

He added: "He's exciting, I think he'll make things happen, his enthusiasm and desire to do well will pay good dividends for us."

Lambert has coveted the midfielder since January, when Brighton rejected an offer from the Canaries for his services.

But his eight goals and 17 assists last season persuaded the Carrow Road chief to sustain his interest into the summer.

The switch has handed Bennett a second shot at becoming a top-flight footballer, after being released by Wolves two years ago, weeks before the Molineux club returned to the Premier League.

But the youngster said he is not on a mission to show his former club what they might have missed.

"I think you have to prove it to yourself, the gaffer's given me an opportunity and I'm really thankful for that," he said.

"I'm just going to work hard and see where that takes me, I'm just over the moon to get this opportunity.

"There's no bitterness or anything, that's not in my character, I'm glad they [Wolves] are in the Premier League and Norwich have given me the chance to have a go at it."