City can confirm @keikamara's loan has now ended and will return to @sportingkc with immediate effect. #ncfc twitter.com/NorwichCityFC/…
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) May 4, 2013
In a move that will be considered shocking by many, Norwich City FC announced today that Kei Kamara's loan has ended and he's returning to Kansas City. The loan was set to end on Monday after Norwich's game today against Aston Villa. The announcement today after Norwich's 2-1 loss to Villa is a little surprising that it came so soon.
While the announcement from Norwich doesn't state that they won't be purchasing Kamara's contract, the fact that it states that he's returning to Kansas City speaks to them not purchasing Kamara's contract at this time.
I'm a little surprised that Kamara will be leaving the Canaries, he'd played in 11 games for Norwich, starting 7 of them, scoring a goal and adding an assist in that time. But Norwich has struggled for form while Kamara is there and now find themselves only 3 points above the relegation zone, with Wigan, the team occupying the last relegation spot, having a game in hand on them. They've gone 2-5-4 since Kamara joined the club.
So Kamara returns, at least for now to Kansas City. I'm still not sure of Kamara's standing in KC long term. Peter Vermes has mentioned that other clubs have shown interest in Kamara since his loan move began. So I expect the transfer rumors to ramp up for Kamara, especially once the summer window opens for European clubs. I also wouldn't be surprised if Norwich City enters the bidding again later once they've secured their safety. I don't expect Kamara to be with KC by the end of the summer window.
In the mean time, Kamara adds a dynamic aspect to Kansas City's attack that they have lacked a little bit this season. A guy willing to take someone on one-v-one and can cause match up issues, especially on the wing. At this point I think we could see CJ Sapong being the one that makes way for Kamara to enter the starting 11. Another thought is to drop one of the midfielders to the bench, drop Graham Zusi back and insert Kamara in the lineup that way.