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Monday, September 10, 2012
I’m sure Chris Hughton was, like most managers, pleased to see the transfer window close on Friday night.
He can now fully concentrate and work with the squad of players he’s assembled over the summer. I had heard over the past few weeks a number of people suggesting that he should bring another striker to the club in order to strengthen his options and add competition for places. He waited until the final hours to do so, bringing in Harry Kane on a season-long loan from Saturday’s opponents Spurs.
I have got to be honest, I didn’t know too much about Harry when I heard he’d signed, so Saturday morning on my way to Swansea I rang my good friend Tim Sherwood to find out all about him.
Tim – who is still involved at Tottenham – couldn’t have been more complimentary about Kane.
I asked Tim what his strengths are and what type of player he is. He simply told me “He’s almost a younger version of Teddy Sheringham. He’s got great feet, likes to drop deep and pick the ball up. He’s also got a fantastic range of passing and has the ability to score goals with both feet and his head.”
The only negative thing Tim mentioned was that he’s not the quickest, but as I well know that’s not always a problem.
I think he’ll do very well when he gets the opportunity to show all the qualities that persuaded Chris to bring him to the club.
I think it’s fair to say the Canaries were back to their best at White Hart Lane, and were extremely unlucky not to come back from north London with the three points their performance merited.
When Mousa Dembele – who was signed in the days leading up to the game from Fulham – put the hosts in front with only 22 minutes remaining many people thought that the game was over, but to be fair to the lads they didn’t let their heads drop for one second and continued to look dangerous in attack, just as they had done from the very first whistle.
With five minutes remaining the lads got the reward for their endeavour when Robert Snodgrass fired Norwich’s well-deserved equaliser home, surely his first of many for the club.
Once again it’s international week and there will be a few players missing from training at Colney for the next 10 days. It must be a nightmare for the manager, as he can’t really work on anything in preparation for the game against West Ham until next Thursday now.
The one thing I know he’ll be doing is crossing his fingers that all his players come back from their travels injury-free and raring to go once again.
I’ll be keeping my eye on big Steve Morison over the next week as he’s going to have a massive part to play in Chris Coleman’s Welsh squad. He’s the best option we’ve got up front, especially as Wales play with the lone striker.
He didn’t start the last game against Bosnia, which ended in defeat, but if he performs like we know he can then he should be in line to start on Tuesday night away in Serbia.