Johan Elmander has nothing to prove to Norwich City boss Chris Hughton

Norwich City striker Johan Elmander has the full support of Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City striker Johan Elmander has the full support of Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, December 21, 2013
6:40 AM

Johan Elmander does not have to convince Chris Hughton of his value to Norwich City.

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Hughton accepts the Swedish international’s lack of goal output in the Premier League has left the experienced forward open to criticism in certain quarters, but the Canaries’ chief insists he remains a valuable commodity.

“I can understand perhaps why some people will focus on the goal record because he is predominantly a forward player,” said Hughton. “Would we have liked him to have scored more goals for us? Yes we would, but what levels that off is the work-rate and what else he gives the team. We are playing in an age now where the statistics show it is difficult to play two out-and-out strikers. There are not many teams in this division who do that. Johan gives us that nice blend between at times leading that forward line but also that link and ability to play in the channels. As a team we are very appreciative.

“I think Johan is someone I can speak about in very good terms but when you hear other people like Gary (Hooper) and those he has played with internationally they will tell you he is a team player. He probably doesn’t and maybe won’t get the recognition he deserves. There aren’t many players in the forward line that cover the distance he does. He has been very, very good.”

• Norwich City Under-21s lost 4-1 at Newcastle United on Friday afternoon. Striker Carlton Morris, who recently signed as a professional, scored the opener but the home side scored four in response with established first team players Steven Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez both featuring for the Magpies.

12 comments

  • and how many goals has he scored this season - oh yeah that right none missed a sitter at man city when i was there. but hughton will play him up front on his own when away so how do we then win games if he cant score.

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    citizen

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • yeah he wont be playing up front on his own today as he daren't drop hooper at the moment unlike at liverpool after he had just scored the previous match. Actually dont mind hughton just wish he wouldnt play elmander up front on his own away would rather play hooper or wolfswinkel if we have to play one up front at least try to get a result. Yeah he set up the goal of the season but guarantee he wont get above 2 himself this season, he has set one goal up in 4 months not bad eh!

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    citizen

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • He already has two goals in the cup. I know they don't count before you say anything, just thought I'd pre-empt your boring response.

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    ncfc boy

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Except for the goal of the season last week he perfectly help set up of course. Don't that get in the way of your ramblings though!

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    ncfc boy

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • to citizen: Hooper would not have scored if it was not Elmander who put the ball for him. Open your eyes wider.

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    Kriza

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • yeah he wont be playing up front on his own today as he daren't drop hooper at the moment unlike at liverpool after he had just scored the previous match. Actually dont mind hughton just wish he wouldnt play elmander up front on his own away would rather play hooper or wolfswinkel if we have to play one up front at least try to get a result. Yeah he set up the goal of the season but guarantee he wont get above 2 himself this season, he has set one goal up in 4 months not bad eh!

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    citizen

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Excellent postings Citizen. That knockdown for Hoops was so straight forward an 1p5wich Down player could've done it. The Hughton girls are hailing it like the feeding of the 5,000. Shows how easily pleased they are with scraps. And a home draw against our last opponents is virtually a defeat. That was a 3 point banker that Clueless Chris the country vicar messed up ! But even he couldn't mess up Sunderland....I hope.... OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Elmander was playing well last week with Hooper and I was disappointed to see him go off. One thing is for sure, we created far less once Becchio came on. No he is not the best target man in the league by a long shot but we do not have an alternative at the club right now so until we bring in someone better, lets get behind the man. I too hope that ultimately, RVW and Hooper will for a partnership but until RVW get back to match fitness lets be happy with what we have got.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • he signed him of course he's not going to admit it was a mistake - would much prefer hooperwolfswinkel combination if he dares play that formation. elmander is only good if your 1-0 up with five minutes to go to hold the ball up but hopeless if you actually want to score a goal with him.

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    citizen

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • He cant hit a barn door!All he does is stroll about win the odd flick on to no one and gets bangs on the head.He is not a prem player.our forward play v swansea was dead and buried long before becchio came on!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • yeah he wont be playing up front on his own today as he daren't drop hooper at the moment unlike at liverpool after he had just scored the previous match. Actually dont mind hughton just wish he wouldnt play elmander up front on his own away would rather play hooper or wolfswinkel if we have to play one up front at least try to get a result. Yeah he set up the goal of the season but guarantee he wont get above 2 himself this season, he has set one goal up in 4 months not bad eh!

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    citizen

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Elmander has put in a 110% effort in every game he has played so it is totally moronic to say he should not be playing.

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    citycanary

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

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