Alexander Tettey is unlikely to be fazed by a Premier League debut at Tottenham.

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Norwich City’s new Norwegian international midfielder has fond memories of the capital after earning a Champions League draw against the reigning holders Chelsea on his previous visit back in 2007.

The confident 26-year-old revealed his biggest issue will be adapting quickly enough to the demands of the English top flight after a more sedate pace of footballing life in France spent with Rennes.

“It’s different, even the training is different. I’ve been telling everybody I have to get used to it, to adapt really fast,” he said. “In Rennes, the team is more possession-orientated. We do quite a lot of stuff that since I’ve been here we haven’t done, so it’s different. It’s the style of football.

“In France, when you keep the ball down, you try to start at the back and get it forward to the wings to players that can dribble. But here it can be possession, it can be quick in the air, it can be everything. I just have to think really fast.

“In a moment they can play the ball up so in my mind I have to tell myself I’m not playing at Rennes any more. I’m in England now. I watched the QPR game and I thought the pace wasn’t as scary as I expected.

“It was a good game, a good response from the lads and I think they should have won, of course.

“My advisor, Bjorn Tore Kvarme, used to play for Liverpool, so he told me the differences between France and England.”

Tettey is ready if called upon by Chris Hughton at White Hart Lane this afternoon and the midfielder has been well briefed on what is expected of him in Canary colours.

“The manager spoke to me and said he wants to play 4-2-3-1 with two midfielders, one more defensive than the other, and I’m competing for one of those two places,” he said. “I’m used to playing in 4-3-3, or as a defensive midfielder, I can play also box to box. I can do both.

“You have to ask the coach (if I am ready). I’ve trained three times with the team since I’ve been here. Of course, I hope to be in the squad. And if the coach thinks I’m capable of playing in the team, for me it’s okay.”

Tettey is relishing the prospect of becoming part of a growing enclave of Norwegian footballers now operating in the Premier League.

“You have the captain of Fulham, (Brede) Hangeland and John Arne Riise. They tell me the Premier League is different. There is the pace everybody is talking about and I want to test that pace,” he said.

“In Rennes when we played on Saturday or had a day off when there was a match on Sunday, I was watching the Premier League. There is no other league you watch. For me, to be in the Premier League it is a dream come true and now I’m here I have to do the best out of it.

“Of course, you have the big players in the big teams you look up to and you watch every weekend and try to learn something from them.”

Tettey has already scanned the Canaries’ upcoming Premier League fixture list and the former Rosenborg trainee knows a trip to White Hart Lane marks the start of a testing early season period.

“The second game against Queens Park Rangers, the guys showed another mentality from the first game, so to go to Tottenham I think we will know what to do, better than they did against Fulham,” he said.

“I’ve seen some quite good players here – a different style from what I am used to, but a lot of good players. I have to get my fitness to a good level so I can try to help the team and play in the team, but there is another person who is going to decide that, and that is the coach.

“If you look at the teams from 10th to 20th in the league, everybody can go down, so for Norwich, it’s just trying to grab as many points as we can home and away and try to do our best.”

13 comments

  • Does that mean that our attacking formation against QPR was a one off.We never seem to do well with one up front.Moro and Martin will be well down the pecking order,perhaps Moro might wish he had gone out on loan to Notts Forest

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    Trevor Sadd

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Alexander`s `confidence` is belied by what he actually says. Needs to improve his fitness, adapt to a less sedate pace & to an alien style of play. Perhaps he`s just a very modest man? I hope Hoots is playing a game of bluff with that stated formation (and "Tettey`s" information!), though we are not over-blessed with viable options for a 2nd striker. Kane seems to be a promising prospect, but better than Vaughan just now? We really are expecting a lot from Wonderhorse & Cinnamon, it seems?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • 4-2-3-1, is that the politically correct way of saying 4-5-1.No matter how you slice it its 5 midfielders and one bloke on his own up front hoping to be joined when we attack .Still dont see any of our small band of strikers being suited to that approach, but maybe Citizen Kane can[watch and learn]

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • One up front is a dead loss unless Snods, Pilks & Wessi surprise us?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • @Budgie, don't be too dismissive of 4-2-3-1, or 4-3-2-1. Both formations have merit, with one proviso, you have to have the talent, certainly in key positions. Now. whether that would work for us is debatable. I don't favour City playing one up front, we have neither the talent or the pace. Watching the Bundesliga, I saw a most intereresting lineup, 4-3-1-2, with the use of fast wing-backs on both flanks. Seemed to work.

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    Dissaster

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Just cannot get thro` on this board. New posting also sweet-oiled. Jo`burg Chris sai most of it. Thanks, Jo`burg!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • He might say he`s confident but what he actually says seems to belie that. He has to speed up, get fitter and adapt to an alien style of play. Easy-peasy, then? Best of luck, Alexander, we are depending on it! Playing one up front again? Should we have pre-warned Spurs or was it that predictable anyway? Or is Hoots being crafty? Do we have 2 strikers? Could always convert a goalie.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • come on Tettey, lets see what you got. its gonna need to be good.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • The very late signing of 19 year old Kane, untried and untested but no doubt with potential, is interesting. With the early departure of Vaughan this reads to me that we were expecting to get someone more experienced in which fell through, and this was a last-minute replacement. I might be wrong, but if we do get injuries or loss of form it's asking a lot of a lad with little top-flight experience. But if Hoots is intending to play one up top, maybe we are covered there after all. I just think we always look better with two up. Time will tell!

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • As I have stated numerous times on this board, if you are going to have an attacking threat, you must populate it, otherwise don't bother, it's like playing with ten men. City's concoction of 'The Lone Ranger', fails miserably. The masked hero is left isolated, outnumbered & marginalised. He must have his loyal Tonto. Should that be 'greek' to some, I say, ask your dad.

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    Dissaster

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • 1st sweet-oiling of the day. Good going.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • David Fox showed again against Scunthorpe how his calm assuredness seems to settle the team down.If Tettey is a little more offensive than Fox why not try FoxTettey as the 2 in front of the back four?Do both have necessarily to compete for the one position?

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Why is there still no confirmation or info on here regarding Kane.Come on Archant keep up.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

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