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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Lewis Grabban aims to be the main man for Norwich City to help fire the club back to the Premier League.
Grabban looked razor-sharp in two Carrow Road home friendlies last week, with a brace against Celta Vigo following up his maiden strike since his summer move from Bournemouth against OGC Nice.
The 26-year-old knows he must maintain his prolific strike rate if he is to feature under Neil Adams with the likes of Kyle Lafferty, Gary Hooper and Jamar Loza all pushing for a start ahead of this weekend’s league opener at Wolves.
“There is some serious competition here in the striking department and that should push the ones who are in the line up to perform because they know if they don’t they will be out of the side,” he said.
“You have to back yourself and your own ability. It is also a challenge. There are some very, very good strikers here, but if you test yourself it will make you improve. I think throughout this pre-season we have been getting better and better.”
Grabban profited from Wes Hoolahan’s intelligent cut-back for his second against Vigo on Friday and the former Cherries’ frontman is relishing the prospect of playing in front of such a creative midfield.
“I think I can mix my game,” he said. “I can go long, come short. Some of the goals I scored last season came out of nothing, long range shots and that but in this team I won’t be relying on long range shots. I expect to get slid in.
“Footballers have got to adjust to different situations and that is all part of it. I think I have settled in well to the area and the team and I just want to build on that. It can feel a long drag when you are training for five to six weeks but the trips have broken it up and so do the games. I had a little niggle but I am getting back up to being 100%.”