Loan Players Update

With so many players out on loan it is hard to keep a track on what everyone is up to, so here's a handy reminder:

  • Ricky VanWolfswinkel - On Loan at Betis - Poor Ricky is getting no more pitch time there than he did with us - since joining them on loan he has managed just 2 substitute appearances without scoring
  • Carlton Morris - On loan at Hamilton Academical - Like Ricky he is not setting the place on fire, but he is at least getting pitch time, having played 10 games so far this season Morris has managed just 2 goals in the SPL
  • Tony Andreu - On loan at Rotherham - And seemingly impressing the locals, Andreu picked up the man of the match award last week and is joined at the club by Harry Toffolo with the 20 year old having joined them on a 1 month emergency loan last week and starting straight away in the first match

Also out on loan:

  • Elliott Bennett - Bristol City
  • Josh Murphy - MK Dons
  • Jacob Murphy - Coventry City
  • Michael Turner - Sheffield Wednesday


Flown From the Nest - Chris Martin

Regular readers of these news pages will know that I like to pick up on what is going on with Canaries of the past who have flown the nest and moved onto pastures new, and today is no exception as whilst watching Sky Sports News just now my ears pricked up at the news that former Canary Chris Martin is back in a rich run of form for Derby County

The man who often divided supporters opinion while he was here has now got 4 goals in his last 4 games, in a line up today that includes three other formar Norwich players in Jacob Butterfield, Jason Shackell and Bradley Johnson

This has had the effect of taking him to 54 goals now for the club now in all competitions, and at just 26 he should be good for a few more seasons yet, his 54 goals for Derby is 20 more than he scored in his various years at Norwich.

Chris Martin - Now at Derby County




Much Changed Starting Line Up - WBA at Home

Some much needed changes to the starting line up have been confirmed following our disasterous outing ta Newcastle

Olsson, Whittaker, & Dorrans out

R Bennett, Jarvis, & Hoolahan in

Russell Martin to right back, and Brady back at Left Back where he looked his best at the start of the season.

Ruddy; Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Brady; Redmond, Howson, Tettey, Jarvis; Hoolahan; Mbokani

SUBS: Rudd (GK), Whittaker, Grabban, Jerome, Dorrans, Olsson, O'Neil

Russell Martin - Trivia Time

The name of his new born son that arrived on the morning of the Liverpool match is Leo - welcome Leo

Norwich Vs Leicester 3rd August - Starting Line Ups

So the starting line up for this afternoon's match has now been confirmed:

Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin (c), Bassong, Brady; Howson, Dorrans, Tettey, Jarvis; Hoolahan; Jerome

So one change, Jarvis In and Olsson Out

Rudd (GK), Mbokani, Lafferty, Redmond, Olsson, R Bennett, O'Neil

A good strong attacking looking team and bench - should be a cracker

Rudd on form in much changed starting line up

A lot of the press on Wednesday relating to the game last night will obviously be devoted to the Grabban incident pre match, and to Ricky Van Wolfswinkel's second goal for the club, but that shouldn't stop Declan Rudd getting the plaudits he deserved

In his first senior appearance for the club in a number of years former England U-21 goalkeeper and a product of the City academy had an excellent game in the place of the rested John Ruddy

Rudd was on hand throughout the game to pull off a number of vital saves, something that was not lost on Rotherham manager Steve Evans, Evans hailed Rudd’s display as ‘the best ever I’ve seen from a keeper here’.

Had it not been for the excellent form of Rudd who is now 24 the result on the night could easily have been a defeat for City with the altered defence looking very porous at times against a decent Rotherham attack.

Neil Confirms Grabban 'Incident'

At the start of tonights match versus Rotherham, I like many others was wondering why there wasn't another striker on the bench, however mid way through the first half it all became a lot clearer

An article emerged in one of the main daily newspapers alleging Lewis Grabban had gone AWOL from the team hotel pre match having been told he was only on the bench and wasn't starting, the same day that his old club Bournemouth had a third bid rejected for him.

Alex Neil confirmed after the match that an 'incident' had happened but would not confirm specifics and said it would be dealt with in house, so it does sound like there is some truth in the stories in the papers.

Neil also went on to say that the third bid received for him from Bournemouth was no where near to the clubs valuation, with the bid that is believed to be in the region of £5.2m + £1m of add ons (part of which was contingent on Bournemouth retaining top flight status) being rejected out of hand, although noticably he stopped short this time of saying the player was not available for sale.

Neil said: ‘We’ve flatly rejected three bids from Bournemouth which are nowhere near our valuation. Until there is anything acceptable, he’s a Norwich player'

Now if I was in charge I would have him training with the youth team for the next few months rather than be held to ransom, can the club afford to do it? Yes, although it would obviously be a daft thing to do in the grand scheme of things it would be nice to be able to have principles.

Feed The Wolf

Yep - he's back - and he's scored his second goal for the club

Now £4.25m per goal doesn't sound great for a striker, but the fans love him and was popular with the crowd away at Rotherham tonight, and it's easy to see why.

Van Wolfswinkel is a traditional striker and on many occasions was in the right place at the right time thanks to that natural striker's instinct that is very hard to teach, and could easily have had two or three goals on the night 

Also unlike certain other members of the squad he is only interested in doing well for the club he is playing for and repaying the fans for their support, even if things are going against him, who can forget his infamous toe injury that lead to him renaming him self Van Toewinkel on Twitter the other yearfollowing a bit of banter with the fans.

Hopefully tonight will encourage Alex Neil to give him a bit more pitch time and enable him to go on a run and pick up a few more goals, even if he doesn't return to the prolific form that tempted us to pay Porto in excess of £8m a couple of years ago.

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