Let us know your Norwich City player ratings for the 2013/14 Premier League season

The Norwich City players applaud those left in the ground after their final game of the season. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images The Norwich City players applaud those left in the ground after their final game of the season. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, May 12, 2014
10:16 AM

Our two Norwich City writers, Paddy Davitt and Michael Bailey, have marked the players out of 10 for their performances over the 2013/14 season.

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Where did it all go wrong for the Canaries?

• PADDY DAVITT’S RATINGS (STAR MAN IN BOLD):

 

Sebastien Bassong 5 – Well short of the defender who deservedly claimed the player-of-the-year last season.

Ryan Bennett 6 – Limited opportunities again under the former manager. Badly needs regular first team football to draw out his potential.

Johan Elmander 6 – Target of the boo boys for his lack of goals but no questioning the attitude and application.

Leroy Fer 6 – Rave reviews in the opening weeks of the season but the gruelling nature of English football caught up with him. Inconsistent.

Wes Hoolahan 5 – Season dominated by the January transfer saga involving Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa. Now a peripheral figure in the squad.

Gary Hooper 6 – Purple patch before Christmas after an injury-hit start. Suffered from the rotational policy in the failed search for productivity.

Jonathan Howson 6 – Stand out performer in the opening half of the campaign before a long term back injury. Never scaled the same heights on his return.

Bradley Johnson 6 – Abiding memory will be his reaction after the square pass that teed up Liverpool winner.

Russell Martin 6 – Alternated with Steven Whittaker at right-back before switched into a central role. Looked vulnerable too often.

Martin Olsson 7 – Arguably the pick of the summer recruits over the whole piece. Played with a damaged shoulder for months but one of the few consistent operators.

Anthony Pilkington 5 – Season to forget. No questioning his technical ability to play at the top level but career increasingly blighted by injuries.

Nathan Redmond 6 – Similar trajectory to Fer. Started superbly, tailed off as his confidence and City’s decline sapped that early zest. Still promise and potential rather than the finished article.

John Ruddy 7 – Kept 12 Premier League clean sheets in a losing cause. Exposed too often by the men in front but reputation will emerge intact.

Robert Snodgrass 7 – By his own admission struggled to overcome injuries to recapture his best form. Newcastle fan spat was a lowlight but productive end to the season. Will rue that Chelsea chance late on at Stamford Bridge.

Alexander Tettey 6 – Highlight was the stunning strike to sink Sunderland. Injury also disrupted what could have been a promising axis with Howson and Fer.

Michael Turner 5 – Long term injury lay-off with a hamstring problem suffered on New Year’s Day. Was magnificent at the Stadium of Light the week before but partnership with Bassong nowhere near as secure this season.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel 4 – Too many questions and precious few answers why the poster boy was a massive failure. Looked ill at ease with how Norwich wanted to play under Hughton. But that should not excuse his own limitations in adjusting to the aggressive Premier League.

Steven Whittaker 6 – City career has been stop, start. But has never really put his stamp on proceedings when he has been in the side. Highlight that slaloming run against Everton on the opening day.

• MICHAEL BAILEY’S RATINGS:

 

Sebastien Bassong 6 - Occasionally resolute, but by the end was unable to offer any leadership.

Ryan Bennett 5 - Probably never knew if he was coming or going; still waiting for him to really assert himself.

Johan Elmander 6 - Helped tee-up some goals and worked hard, but never looked like scoring.

Leroy Fer 6 - Too raw for the division in the end; undoubted potential but often went missing.

Wes Hoolahan 5 - Not given enough chances early; looked past his best by the end.

Gary Hooper 6 - Only player to hit a goal trail, then missed crucial chances later; didn’t happen for him.

Jonny Howson 7 - Injury stopped superb rhythm and he never quite got it back sadly.

Bradley Johnson 6 - Work rate and attitude was always there; others should’ve stepped up.

Russell Martin 6 - Led when he could, but couldn’t maintain his usual high standards this term.

Martin Olsson 8 - Not always the brightest player, but fought through shoulder pain and a regular attacking outlet.

Anthony Pilkington 5 - A real miss all season, be it injury or other factors. Big shame too.

Nathan Redmond 6 - Another who simply appeared not ready for the Premier League; too little end product too often.

John Ruddy 8 - Solid rather than spectacular, but that was still better than most; deserved more this season.

Robert Snodgrass 8 - His attitude in the run-in said it all; fell just short of last season’s heights but the best of the lot.

Alex Tettey 8 - A big miss with injury at times; shouldn’t be at a relegated club.

Michael Turner 6 - Good attitude but found wanting defensively just too often.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel 6 - Either the unluckiest striker or biggest flop City have ever had, and I still can’t make up my mind over the answer.

Steven Whittaker 5 - Struggled defensively, and then found his attacking game come unstuck too. Not easy without a run of games.

What do you think of our writers’ ratings? Let us know by commenting and submitting your own ratings in the box below.

22 comments

  • 6 Goals 2 Assists from Snodgrass compared to 6 Goals 9 Assists the season before tells a story for me.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I have Snodgrass, Ruddy and Olsson pretty even for different reasons... The problem this season is that Snodgrass and Hooper looked like the only two players who could score... so they should have been played up front just behind a big man leading the line, Elmander or Fer being the only candidates for this role. Persisting with a variety of ineffective wingers is another reason we were relegated... especially when we have ready made wingbacks in Whittaker and Ollson in the squad.

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    jops

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Whatever is the point of this poll. For the most part the team were very poor over the season. Can't we just leave it at that and draw a line under it for good and move on with fresh hope for next season.

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    VictorM

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I will not hear a bad word against Robert Snodgrass, he was our highest scorer, and he won more games than any other player, without his goals we would have been down in March, his work rate and effort is without argument, and is as honest a player you are ever likely to see, should have been made Captain... Hughton was a clueless clown... I gave him 8 along with Ruddy, who again saved Norwich from many a drubbing, not going through the rest, these two were my top picks, except Wolfwinkle 2 and Bassong 4 two bottom picks

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I think it is hard to score "player"s who for 90% of the season were instructed restricted to not "play".

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    Mustardman

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Couldn't fathom out how the ratings thing worked,like MB submitted but just came back blank. Yes, too much praise given to Snodgrass, he worked very hard with no end result. Olsson should have been MOS he is quick,skilled and hard working, wish I could say the same for many others in the team.

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    goldie

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Thought Snodgrass' cut backs to no one yesterday summed up his season. Poor decision making generaly negates his enthusiasm.

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    Pondlife

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • am relieved to see their are other fans not worshipping the ground snodgrass walks on. He may work hard but for me he was the leat effective winger in the prem constantly losing the ball and very rarely producing a cross. I think bringing snodgrass in contributed massively in the drop in attacking flair under hughton. Will actually be jumping for joy if hes sold unlike most fans and pundits who seem to be blind to his lack of creativity. Redmond had similar problems being playedon the wrong side but feel a swap of sides could solve that. Redmondbennet on the right and pilksmurphy on the left im sure will provide more chances and assists next season.

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    Steve_O

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • When Ricky Vanw signed I noted comments coming from Portugal on Yahoo that said they were pleased they had got rid of him because of his spurned misses and goal scoring ratio. I thought then that I hoped history would not repeat itself. The question is who did the homework on him ? probably his agent !

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    Retep

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Take your point regarding Johnson Malaga. I just work off the theory that the jump in class is massive between Championship and Premier League. Johnson will get more time on the ball next season. Players like Andrew Crofts were good examples as well. Did exceptionally well for us in the championship but lacked that extra bit of quality to be a regular effective player in the Premier League. Ive made thoughts clear on RVW (an Hooper who seems to get away with any rants or moans directed at him). I think hes a very very good player but good players under the wrong manager wont work. Players like Hooper and RVW are wasted trying to battle centre halfs on the half way line for hoofed balls forward. Sadly thats how we've played for 2 years though. Its why I agree with McNally's point having a pop at Hughtons transfer dealings. We've said it all season. Why did Hughton sign two players like Hooper and RVw when he knew and we knew he wasnt going to play football that would benifit them. Praying who ever we get plays to our players strengths next season. We have the right tools, just need someone who can use them and get the best from them.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I think Mattias333 has got it about right. The championship will be a lot tougher than the premiership and we will need players accordingly. Redmond frustrated me with his all too often non existent last ball, he will improve on that aspect so a spell in the championship will do him no harm. We will need some new players to freshen things up and particularly in the forward region. I think Hooper is a good player but we need another striker(s), how about a successful one from division 1 and 2, someone hungry ... hey that was Mr Lamberts philosophy. I am hoping we will get back to that and that approach will be made throughout the team.

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    Retep

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Martin Ollsen also gets my vote. After that I can't really give anyone else high marks. I agree with you Mattias re Johnson. No good having a player who can tackle and break up play if he then cannot pass the ball even when not under any pressure. Saw it again yesterday all too often. Where I disagree is that if he can't move the ball with any accuracy in the Premiership, what's going to change in the Championship? Snodgrass is still being played on the wrong side and makes little impact because he forever cuts inside onto his left foot and then runs into traffic. The one time he needed to cut inside (against Chelsea) - what does he do? Goes to the outside, partly because his first touch was awful. I won't be too sad if either move on. As for RvW he's a complete enigma! Is he as bad as he appears? Or has he just been asked to do a job for which he is totally unsuited? I do feel Hooper could score goals next season but suspect his agent has already got him another club. Feel for Ruddy as he's often been jittery and who wouldn't be with the kind of defending that he's had to contend with thbis season!?

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    malaga flier

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • In The Championship next season, it will be possible and necessary to field two strikers. Wouldn't yesterday have been the ideal opportunity to see how RvW and Hooper could play together? Instead we confirmed that Elmander, who won't be here next season anyway, was not the answer. For that reason alone Adams should be off the managerial shortlist.

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    waclor

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • So true Mellow. Like I said on another post, Last season Snodgrass scored 6 goals and assisted 9. This season he has again scored 6 but only created 2 goals for others. So effectively we've lacked 7 goals that Snoddy created the year before for the strikers. Yet its all RVW fault in most peoples eyes and not the previous managers style of play and lack of chances created by the team. Olsson was 110% POTS for me and many others. I really hope Snodgrass is still here next season but should he not be im not too downhearted because in my eyes we have Redmond & Bennett & Murphy + anyone we sign. Im more interested in keeping Olsson and the rest of sundays back line & keeper.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • The top performer this season has easily been Martin Olsson. He has proved consistently solid at left-back and when given licence to get forward in recent weeks has contributed a great deal in and around the oppositions box. Snodgrass in second place purely due to all his hard work and endeavour. However he regularly fails to spot those in a better goal scoring position when he has the ball in dangerous areas. Redmond has shown glimpses of brilliance although agree with Pondlife in that he needs time under the right coaching team. All other squad members have been either average or inconsistent this season, however I think given the previous management regime I don't think it would be fair to criticise any of them.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I submitted my ratings & got to see a Histrionicgram of the results. Now the scoring chart is blank again. How can I look at the progress without voting again? I don`t understand modern IT. Martin Olsson deserves credit for consistency of performance; he seemed immune to Hughton Syndrome. For all his endeavour, Snods was sometimes not good for the team ethos. I hope he stays, and the new manager has the cojones to set his mind right.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Apologies for the frankly awful spelling.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I dont think any player, however unhappy they may be goes out and gives less than 100%. Ultimately they are influenced in how effective they are by the application of how they are managed. Generally its been woeful. Im still convinced we've got too many players who are very good championship players, but only average Premier League players. For example most regular posters will know myself & others around me in the Lower Barclay are not big fans of Mr Bradley Johnson. His wayward passing has cost us points on its own. However in the Championship he will be one of our key players. Hes 10 times the player Andrew Crofts was for example and I was a fan of him at that level etc. Look at the back line yesterday. Ruddy, Martin, Turner, Bennet & Olsson. Thats a heck of a good back line for championship level should we manage to keep those 5 people. Keep Johnson, Howson and thats a strong championship central midfield and if Tettey re-signs and by miracle Fer is still here thats an amazing central midfield to choose from at that level. If snoddy goes we have a natural right winger in Bennett & Redmond. Up top it all depends who the new manager is and what style he wants to play but i'd hope Hooper is still here. Plenty of reasons to try look at this positively guys.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Goodness , how can MB score Bassong more highly than Ryan Bennett? I score Bassong 2. Everyone will remember Van Wolfswinkel's failure as a key reason we got relegated. However, in my opionion Bassong was far worse due to his consistently poor displays and the previous mangers' bizzare decision to make the quietest player on the pitch captain followed by an even more bizzare reluctance to drop him. Its no coincidence Bassong has been relagated with Wolves and now with us.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I don't think that we can blame the players entirely. Yes they should always give 100% for the team but this season they have looked lost for much of the time. Perhaps the instructions they were given didn't make sense, didn't work or maybe they weren't good enough to carry them out. Several of us still cannot understand why the 'wingers' play on the wrong side. It just slows everything down, they have to stop, cut in and then cross the ball AWAY from the forwards' heads and onto the defenders' heads. I don't blame Wolfswinkel or Hooper, the team wasn't set up to play to their strengths. They kept wanting the quick, hard, fast, low ball into the penalty area. They kept pointing and asking for them. They didn't get them, nobody could deliver them! What was the point of signing them and then not playing for them? Mr McInally has said mistakes were made last summer. Who was in charge?

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    Nelson

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Personally dont disagree too much with Paddy's ratings. Are lack of goals isnt a new problem. We could never score under hughton from open play last season either. The key to us just about surviving last seasonw as the goals from set plays from Mr Snodgrass. Last season he scored 6 goals and assisted 9 goals. This season while hes scored 6 goals again, he only assisted 2. Thats 7 goals not created that surely would've kept us up.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Snodgrass huff and puff, created little 4 for effort. Howson Fox without passing or tackling ability 4. Ruddy fluffed a few but stopped plenty 6. Olson 8 links well with others. Bassong like Drury flopped when made captain 3. Redmond needs a good coach 5. Fer 8 in 2013 but 4 in 2014.. Rest looked unfit?.

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    Pondlife

    Monday, May 12, 2014

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