Norwich manager predicts big things for Daniel Ayala

Daniel Ayala
Three of Ayala's five games this season have come in Norwich's last three outings

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert believes defender Daniel Ayala has a "massive career" ahead of him.

The 21-year-old Spaniard has formed a promising centre-back pairing with Zak Whitbread since .

"I think Ayala's been excellent," boss Paul Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"Daniel, being only 21 years of age, he's going to have a massive career in the game. I've liked Zak for a few years and the way he plays the game."

He added: "When they have been playing they've been excellent."

Ayala, a summer signing from Liverpool, and American Whitbread, also a former Red who made the switch to Carrow Road from Millwall two years ago, have played alongside each other in the Canaries' last three outings.

Norwich are unbeaten in those three games and Whitbread, whose career in Norfolk has been blighted with injury, has also been impressed with Ayala's impact.

"He's been outstanding since he's come in," he said. "He came back after however many months out and looks like he's played 200 games.

"He's very comfortable on the ball and a great defender. He's been spot on and I'm made up for him.

"We were both injured at the same time. I know how frustrating it was for him but he's come back and been superb and hopefully it continues."