Grant Holt defying doubters, says Norwich boss Lambert
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has hailed Grant Holt for proving his doubters wrong.
The striker's goals have spear-headed the Canaries to the top of the Championship this season.
But the 29-year-old has had to fight a reputation of being a player who only excels in the lower leagues.
"For the people who were asking 'could he cut it up there?' he's proved a lot of people wrong," Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk.
"It will be the same if Norwich were fortunate to go up, people will say 'could a lot of the lads cut it?' but you won't know until you give them an opportunity.
"I don't think he's really had a fair crack at Championship level with the teams he's been at.
"He must have played one or two games [on loan at Blackpool in 2008], that's not saying somebody can't do it in the Championship."
Holt has played most of his football in League One or below, excelling for the likes of Barrow and Rochdale but having a mixed affect at Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest.
It was in League One for Norwich last season where Holt began to show signs he could play at a higher level, and his form in the Championship this season has been rewarded with a new three-year contract.
"What he's done for me has been huge, he's contribution to the football club has been absolutely massive," added Lambert.
"Whether it's on the pitch or off it the contribution has been huge.
"I'm delighted for him and it's great for his family that he's going to be settled here for the next few years."