Neil Adams - Norwich City will cover all the transfer bases

Norwich City boss Neil Adams is not just focused on striking reinforcements.  Picture by Paul Chesterton Norwich City boss Neil Adams is not just focused on striking reinforcements. Picture by Paul Chesterton

Saturday, July 5, 2014
7:30 AM

Neil Adams insists Norwich City’s summer recruitment drive is not solely focused on attracting fresh firepower.

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The Canaries missed out on Coventry City striker Callum Wilson, who is poised to seal a move to Championship rivals Bournemouth, after holding talks with Norwich and the Cherries. Adams has already brought in front duo Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty but the City boss will not neglect the rest of his squad.

“We are looking defensively, we are looking in midfield,” he said. “Probably the strongest area at present is in midfield with the players we have got if you look at the squad.

“We said all along the priority was looking at the front end of the pitch - mow, that is not to say we will not look to bring in a midfielder because you always have to be ready if a player leaves. It can happen quite quickly, as I have already learned with Robert Snodgrass. I have to be prepared and we will be ready to go.

“I don’t want to talk about particular names but I have been in virtually every day this summer working on that.

“When you have been relegated you have to look at the squad and get the right players for the right positions. We have spent hour after hour doing that and we are delighted to start with two strikers.”

Wilson’s desire for regular first team football is believed to have tipped the balance in the Cherries’ favour with Adams insisting he is no rush to off-load any strikers.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean because we have brought in two forwards, two have to leave. I want to keep everyone here if I can,” he said. “The reality is you might not be able to keep everyone because they all can’t get a game. People may assume players have to leave. They don’t. They are here for pre-season and they will all look to compete. Of course, there might come a time when perhaps one or two want to leave. As the manager of this club right now I want them all fighting for a place in the team and that is what pre-season is all about.”

36 comments

  • New to this game so please bear with me. As a lifelong rugby man I am reminded of the old rugby adage that "forwards win rugby matches - the backs decide by how many". It occurs to me that in soccer terms it is the mid-field that wins games and the strikers that just.decide the margin. Mr 333 comments that he is a little concerned by mr Adam's assertion that the mid-field is the strongest part of the current squad, perhaps if Fer, Tetty and Wes were all to remain, he might have a point, especially at championship level. I suspect that.if two or more of the above were to depart, Mr 333 would not be alone in raising an eyebrow!

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • the hope this season is we are no longer viewed as a bottom mini league type club and set our side out to be the big dogs. Arrogant? Maybe, but with the money of the Premier League behind us and smart spending we should be viewed that way by most! If we are not viewed that way then we've got it massively wrong and slipped back into the old 'little norwich' ways. This first season is vital. Get it right and we are some way to rebuilding back to where we were when Lambert left. Fail and we will be doomed to the Championship for what will feel like an eternity again. Lets hope Neil delivers and we get a season of entertaining football full of goals and excitement.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Your 75% underdog comment Mattias is a good one. My thoughts are how well can City do in the upcoming Championship season - rather than can we avoid being in the bottom three by winning matches in the mini-league of the relegation candidates. Chris Hughton as manager is the person most responsible for last seasons problems. The players and Board must take some of the blame too for some of the abject performances. We all want Premier League football at Carrow Road but not, of course, what we got last season.

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    Capri

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • I am going for a "lucky dip" interview at Peterborough Timbo, when I am over for said daughter's graduation from the RVC.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • So tricky. At Premier League Level we are always going to be the underdog in 75% of the games. Sadly under Hughton in the games where we should have been more than capable of picking up home points or vital away draws we simply didnt. I dunno whether its a tactical thing or mental reason why the back line were so intent on hoofed clearances. Its no secret when we tried to pass through the midfield we almost certainly lost the ball time and time again through Johnson. As a team we were so deep as well. To be expected in some games but it wasnt like we were parking the bus because everyone still found ways to score easily, at will and more than once against us. I think everyone has seen the old news clipping of an article about Hughton where he says his motto is "less attack, more defence". That clearly was still his motto with us. Stupid thing is we actually had a really good squad last season, spent well and purchased quality. My own opinion was Hughton just didnt know how to fit them into 'his' system. Hopefully im right because that means we still have a good squad for a manager with a different outlook to play with. We are missing a Michael Carrick. Im not saying for one second we should sign him etc but more we need a player of his sorts.Someone who constantly is looking to recieve the ball from the backline instead of turning his back and then can also calmly move the ball on to those who can cause the damage (Redmond, Bennett etc....). Under Hughton that role was always over looked in favour of someone with less quality and more muscle (i.e Johnson). I was a David Fox fan but even I could hold my hand up and say he had limitations in the PL and wasnt the answer. Its a role that goes unnoticed by many but whoever plays it, plays a vital role in making the entire side tick. Just my take on it though and how i'd be looking to set up.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Dead right Stew! For a strong, balanced football team, capable in defence and attack, you line them up in the 'CHEVRON', and make them play along the grass and in triangles.- Slow! Slow! Quick! Quick! Score! How are your Tomatoes? Mine are ready now!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • …..Matt !...Freedom to type with the Governor out of the way?...With your experience as a Central defender in the past, I think you should be able to come up with a positive plan for the future!....Cutting out the midfield and booting the ball over the top as we did last year was schoolboy tactics...Snodgrass of course wasn't having any of that , and went back into defence to collect the ball and then set off on his head down straight for goal approach! ...This cut out the need for a strong Mid-field, Wingers and Central Striker and had disastrous results...I could see that quite clearly from my uninterrupted view LIVE on TV....We no longer have Snodgrass, and have to, and can, put new tactics into place....My view is that the engine of the side is midfield..not defence.. and I still rate Hoolahan as the best person for the job....As I have said before on many occasions 'Goalkeepers ..Centre Backs , or even Left Backs don't WIN matches'....It's the attacking mid-field and forwards who do that!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • while every club seems to be wanting strikers Norwich should buy up and coming central defender harry Maguire from Sheffield united

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    humphrey

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Id always defended Adams within this striker signing debate. However reading this article it does worry me he's doing exactly what everyones been moaning about. That's assuming simply buying different strikers answers are problems. Its the fact we dont create for our strikers that concerns me. Midfield should be vital IMO, yet Adams says its our strongest area. While I like all the players, it clearly didnt work last season. Something needs changing up in there. There needs to be a link between defence and attack to ensure strikers like Hooper, RVW, Grabban etc...get chances in the actual penalty area where they CAN hurt teams. Just my opinion on it all anyway. Total side note but has anyone spotted Alex Tettey in the clubs pre-season training photo's? I have not looked through them all but just seems to have gone quiet considering there was a lot of talk of him leaving towards the end of last season.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • looks like arry is after Hooper again!

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    tonyb

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • JR one for the wish list ! Just seen that Liverpool are looking to complete around £75M on 5 new signings. Funnily enough, this is about the equivalent of what Barca are expecting to pay for a certain player who will not be missed many Norwich fans !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • only 35 days to go.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Alas Swiss, your dreams of glory for the "neutrals" @ Wimbledon fell screaming down the Alpine slopes this afternoon quicker than a greased Paul Jewell on a naked toboggan run . The super Serb was having none of it. PS:Good luck with the passport. By the time the lax Liverpudlians get it sorted your daughter will be collecting her pension not getting married !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • .....I pray that you are right cutty!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Maybe our new Head of Recruitment can speed things up a bit.

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • I guess you get the 'right' players when they're ready to sign on the dotted line and there isn't any particular order in which that occurs. Just hope any more new boys come in early enough to get bedded in.

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • I would guess that it would take in the region of £100M to prise James Rodriguez from Monaco!!

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    Mr Ed

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Monaco paid 45 million euros for JR, so I'm guessing he'd be worth 90 by now, but if you're thinking of him coming to us Dubai, you'd have to factor in the additional cost of a brain transplant. Changing the subject momentarily, did anyone notice that that nun was wearing blue and white? I loved the comment 'they did rubbish last year'. Sounds like it might be an interesting book

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • I wonder what sort of a transfer fee would be needed to buy James Rodriguez from AS Monaco ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Yeah but then you'd get messed about at passport control

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • A good point Timbo, but despite their remuneration, they are just ordinary folk and just about everyone else seems to think they are doing you a favour by doing their job. Maybe I am just jaded by trying to get my passport renewed before my daughter's wedding in November! Maybe I should go Swiss instead, at least I would have more to cheer about at the World Cup and Wimbledon.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • suppose all this transfer business can be tough until you know what present players will be leaving.if not one midfielder leaves then no point in signing one,but if two or three leave then you have to know who you want as replacements if they have not been snapped up already.Thought NA would have brought in a defender by now as surely that is our weakest link?

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    tonyb

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • I love the way footy folk speak as if they're doing the fans a favour by doing their job. " I've been in virtually every day this summer working on that"...Yes- funnily enough I've been @ work virtually every day this summer too Neil ! ( Want to swap salaries..?). Ooops- have I just sounded the first note of negativity..? OTBC !

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    Timbo

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • I agree Flying Canary but I think we lost our first game after promotion from league one to Watford . COYY

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    GrumpyMike

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Liverpool, looking for a Suarez replacement , have approached Norwich with a 25 million bid for R.V. Wolfswinkie! (Well, you can dream).

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    Brycland

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Nice one Mardler, just to add to that how about 'To us be the glory'.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Egyptian Canary strikes a welcome positive note - I would only add the words of an old hymn slightly amended to suit us "We would be one as now we join in singing our great anthem, to pledge ourselves anew to that high cause of a greater Norwich in the years that lie ahead"

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    mardler

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Becchio could be a suprise package if his head is right and wants to stay and prove something. He is proven at this level before we signed him and left him bench warming. 20 goals by end of Jan, I for one want him to stay.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Looking forward to see if Becchio runs some 'coping with being on the bench all seasons' workshops...

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • ….and there won't be ,'efendi', if they read my comments....make a note of those names Sgt Major!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Hey five comments so far and, now six and not a single bit of negativity among them HOORAY!! If Neil and Gary can get us firing again what a boost it would be for the city and the county as well as Canary fans worldwide. OTBC. Come on you yellows.

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    Egyptian canary

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • It all sounds very positive. Agree with all the comments. You're right, Mr Ed. A good start is a must to give the team confidence and momentum. First game up will be interesting as Wolves have momentum after winning League 1 like we did coming up. We have to match them and hit the ground running.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • All systems go for the new season , Neil Adams after Hughton is like a breath of fresh air , At least he is more positive and will have a plan B which did not happen last year .

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    trevor harvey

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • I'm liking the noises NA is making, so let's hope we get quite a few points on the board during August to give the team confidence.

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    Mr Ed

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Completely agree Stew.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • .....You are ticking all the right boxes Neil!....It is now down to each individual to get themselves ready for the season ahead!l....No favourites!..no favours!..They have to make sure they are the most suitable to be included in the TEAM!..and if they are not chosen this week, its up to them to show the manager what he is missing!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

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