Johan Elmander is proving his worth to Norwich City fans

Johan Elmander of Norwich and John O'Shea of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Johan Elmander of Norwich and John O'Shea of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, March 27, 2014
6:30 AM

Johan Elmander has proved his value to Norwich City’s Premier League cause, insists Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton.

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The Swede was heavily involved in both the goals in a 2-0 win over Sunderland before departing to a standing ovation at Carrow Road. Elmander’s first Premier League goal for the club since his season-long loan switch from Galatsaray came in the recent 4-2 away defeat at Southampton, but Hughton is in no doubt the veteran forward will have played his part if City can clinch a fourth consecutive season among the elite.

“We all know Johan has found it difficult to get the goals he would like but no-one watching the Sunderland game could deny he brings something else,” said Hughton. “Look at his general work-rate and you can tell he is a team player, he is good in the changing room and good around the place and you have to remember he is an experienced international footballer. There is a balance to find and it would be nice if he contributed more goals but he does give us other things.

“I have also played him at times in a different position, which has kept him out of the box perhaps on occasions and more often than he would like, but he was 
excellent at the weekend.”

Hughton was also delighted with Elmander’s warm reception from the Carrow Road faithful.

“The fans showed what they thought when he came off and I think that was an appreciation of his performance,” Hughton added.

“They know where we are at the moment and the fact it has been up and down and we are one of eight or nine clubs who have struggled for the 
consistency to pull ourselves clear.

“Of course Johan will be disappointed with his goal tally, as we are, because you want strikers to be scoring goals. I think he feels his all round contribution is more important than scoring goals.”

31 comments

  • Spot on, TK. Did Hoots conduct a survey of Norwich fans before `insisting` that Elmander had proved himself to them? Or is that just another bit of faux headlinery by the Padster? Norwich fans, despite being labelled as `moaners` by the Happyclappers, are unswervingly generous with their appreciation of a half decent performance, and are relatively easily pleased - specially by the occasional jewel set in a backdrop of dross. Like Mattias says; `turn up at Swansea and no no-show` for once. One thing I would commend Hughton for is his `Expectation Management`. Expectations are so low now that any reasonable performance, however rare, gets him off the hook. He rides to the rescue, saving us from a disaster of his own making. Emperor`s New Clothes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • seven shillings and sixpence

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Well, maybe not Summers, but Indian Summer's at any rate. If you're not going to enjoy good things when they come along then there's not much point really.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • If he continues the form against Sunderland ill be thrilled. Feel like im the only fan who wasnt expecting Elmander to score 20 goals. Yes a few but its never been his style. Clubs sign Elmander to fit within a certain System. Fair play Elmander hasnt played even to the levels I expected though and im sure Hughton agrees as thats why hes been on the bench for long periods. Said it many times but Hughton has always played this style of football and to be fair while its not easy on the eye its worked to minor success at Newcastle and Birmingham, BUT he always had a traditional target man, I fully believe Elmander was brought in to fill that role but simply hasnt played well enough. End of the day if he performs like he did against Sunderland, regardless of goal tally hes doing ok and the job required. Constantly was closing their backline down and really put his body on the line numerous times which allowed others to exploit the areas left in the turn over. Consistency (which applys to everyone in the squad) is key. Turn up at Swansea and no show & we will be back to square one.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Waclor and AC - blimey you two are up early today and it isn't Tuesday yet. I take it you will both be there next Tuesday lunch at a certain hostelry called the Plasterers Arms. We promise we won't mention Gunny.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Reminds me of Dean Coney

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    AC Canary

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Exactly, an issue ive struggled to understand. One thing I do notice with Hughton, he likes to act like he isn't giving anything away when really he is. For example after Elmander had an unsuccesful spell as traditional target man he was moved to in the hole and more recently even played on the right wing. Right before Hughton tried him in the hole he mentioned in a post match interview "Elmander gives us options in numerous areas like behind the front man"....low & behold, next game he was tried in the hole. If he continues as he did against Sunderland until end of the season ill have no complaints. However if he slips back into old ways (like many of the team could be accused of) ill be right in my initial guess that he was signed to be that target man to make Hughtons tactics work but it just didnt work out right. If and its a BIG if we stay up i'd bet good money we go out and sign someone you could consider a traditional target man. Not talking about a Grant Holt type either. Many get confused what is meant by a target man. Holty was superb in his prime but certainly not a target man that fits Hughtons tactics. Ideally to make Hughtons main tactics work you need someone capable of playing up top on his own (not all the time but mostly) against 6ft2+ centre backs and able to hold the ball up until the likes of Fer, howson & co are able to get forward and support. Its not beautiful football but it worked to some degree with Newcastle & Brum. If all the stars align and this happens its a question of whether long term the fans will ever take to it. Newcastles board certainly didnt and I suspect ours, pressured by fan complaint and season ticket sales dips wouldnt be happy either. All that matters right now is staying in this league. We can re-assess in the summer now.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Yes Stew but what about having the wings on the wrong side and swapping the accelerator for another brake?

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    waclor

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • he is awful and hughton will say anything to make him sound good he brought him in he's not going to say he's made a mistake but everyone can see he has - well the ones without blinkers.

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    citizen

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • It seems he has just bedded in and his form is now good after months of dross. Perhaps, just perhaps that wolfs willie might do the same. Perhaps i live in the land of the fairies!

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    acornlake

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • If Fergie was dealing with Elmander and Rip Van Winkle, they would have been despatched back to their countries long ago.

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    paddycanary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Is he really?

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    VictorM

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Mattias333 - I agree with everything you've said... but.. if Hughton did buy Elmander to be the big target man (its a good solid theory), why did he play him out wide, and in the hole, etc? It seems vs Sunderland was the first time he played him properly up front. I think I'm asking questions of CH here, rather than criticising your theory.

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • If Fergie was dealing with Elmander and Rip Van Winkle, the would have been despatched back to their countries long ago.

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    paddycanary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Impeccable logic, MancCanary. Like you, I thought Johan was brought in for that `target man` role. He even looks like Holty! Maybe, because Wolf & Hoops were both purchased with no £s left over for the necessary target person, JE was scrambled in on an expensive loan? On top of that, in the vast amount of game-time Luciano`s had, he`s shown himself to be well below par. You have to praise Hughton`s perceptiveness and perseverance though. So why indeed has Johan scarcely been used in that role? He looks quite good at it. Problem is `no problem, no solution`. Hughterman has to prove himself somehow. Can`t always be an insipid Kent. Create a problem, transmogrify, become the saving hero. Shallow.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • .....If Houghton bough5 a new car...he would want to swap the headlights over, and stick the engine in the boot!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Dear Paddy, slight mistake in your headline, ill fix it: Johan Elmander still not proving his worth to Norwich City fans. Just because he scored 1 goal does not make him a good striker. A journeyman striker at the end of his career is not going to care about some club he has gone to on loan because he is leaving at end of season.

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    FIFACanary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Can't be bothered to read these stories anymore. Only thing that matters is whether NCFC players can get a spherical object into another teams net, and defend their own net from receiving the same spherical object. Football, after all, is but a game of balls at both ends...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • ..........and (hopefully) drive it down the other end of the A11 and park it there....permanently.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • To prove his worth, don't we need to know how much he is costing? There was some speculation on this board some time ago which suggested he was paid more in a week than the Deputy Prime Minister was paid in a year. Hang on that sounds about right; he hasn't done much of note either.

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • I have a feeling we will go for it against Swansea. After the good performance and result against Man City we went to west Ham and attacked them and after beating Spurs we went to Villa and attacked them. OK we did not get a result in either but we did start well against both so I think he will give it a go in the early stages

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    GPL

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • As I have given Elmander a bit of barracking the last few weeks as his performances havent been up to scratch, I was pleased to see his more forward role last Saturday. I have watched Johan come through the ranks here in Sweden, and know he can do better. I thought his input was a lot better last week, and that he had a more forward role, rather than drifting out to the bylines as in recent weeks. My opinion is that he is a lot better in that role than RVW, and can hold the ball long enough for the support coming from the flanks and midfield. Reservations to as he will be allowed to carry on in that position, if the manager keeps the same set up against Swansea. Well done Johan! More of the same!!

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    Yellowfirebird

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • I have a feeling we will go for it against Swansea. After the good performance and result against Man City we went to west Ham and attacked them and after beating Spurs we went to Villa and attacked them. OK we did not get a result in either but we did start well against both so I think he will give it a go in the early stages

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    GPL

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • .....If Houghton bought a new car...he would want to swap the headlights over, and stick the engine in the boot!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Perhaps the real answer is that he was allowed to do his job as a target man because Hoolahan & Howson were doing the attacking midfielders role.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Mattias333 - I agree with everything you've said... but.. if Hughton did buy Elmander to be the big target man (its a good solid theory), why did he play him out wide, and in the hole, etc? It seems vs Sunderland was the first time he played him properly up front. I think I'm asking questions of CH here, rather than criticising your theory.

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • You're so right, LYB, there really is very little point. I keep telling me that life is like a broken pencil.......pointless. But no one listens.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • I`d be delighted with a draw too, Mattias. Hoots has managed my expectations very adeptly (yours too, Matt!). The man`s a master-class in mediocrity. I have a feeling he`s a survivor, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Very true. Because of how bad its got a rare good performance has generated positivity well above the usual levels a win against Sunderland would have produced. We are not in the scary place that could actually see us push on and secure our own future in this division....if we can continue the form beyond 1 game for a change. This to be fair is the best chance Hughton will get to build bridges with the vast majority of fans faith he lost months ago. Despite it being through his own doing, hes also the man who could be the hero here. Im talking on cloud bonkers land here but imagine this.....we go to Swansea and win. Whether its through a 100% deserved win or a wrongly awarded penalty the result could see us pick up back to back wins and 6 points from 2 games. Something stupidly rare these days for NCFC. A lot of belief would return, confidence would grow and we would firmly be in the driving seat to staying in the Premier League. However in true doom style 'I've got some bad news for you'.....our track record suggests we are far more likely to do a typical Hughton styled no show at Swansea. I blooming hope we don't. I'd be thrilled with a draw, I really would. I know others would still be disappointed with that but i'd be over the moon with a rare decent away performance and bringing at least a point back to Norfolk!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • It`s amazing how many Summers can be made out of one Swallow, FIFACanary. Our press boys must really hold the average fan in contempt. The feeling`s mutual.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • I have a feeling we will go for it against Swansea. After the good performance and result against Man City we went to west Ham and attacked them and after beating Spurs we went to Villa and attacked them. OK we did not get a result in either but we did start well against both so I think he will give it a go in the early stages

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    GPL

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

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