Alex Tettey hails the impact of Norwich City loan signing Joseph Yobo
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His January arrival may have been relatively low key, but Joseph Yobo is having a big impact on Norwich City’s season as far as Alex Tettey is concerned.
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Yobo joined on loan for the rest of the season from Fenerbahce and alongside Sebastien Bassong, the 33-year-old has helped the Canaries to successive clean sheets at Carrow Road against Tottenham on Sunday, and before that Manchester City.
The former Everton centre-back’s arrival helped ease the loss of Michael Turner to injury, and all in a short space of time – impressive for a player who had found match action hard to come by in Turkey this term.
“Joseph and Seb are clicking really well,” said Tettey. “That’s good for the team and for them, the way they are playing.
“They understand each other and it’s good for the team that at the back, we can have that trust. It makes the team go forward, and everyone calm down and play football.”
The Canaries will hope to take some of their imperious home form on the road this weekend, in a bid to get one over former manager Paul Lambert – as well as a host of other Norwich connections.
But for Tettey, it’s all about the here and now. One look at the Premier League table shows just what is at stake on Sunday.
“We have a huge game again on Sunday and it’s just goal difference between us and them, so we have to go there and do better than we did at West Ham,” added Tettey, who is confident City are in a rich vein of form – even if the positives results only started to come last weekend.
“It’s what we have been saying as players – the performances haven’t dropped. It’s just we’ve been struggling to score goals. That’s the issue – and all the time we are trying to find the way to solve that. It’s about being clinical and taking our chances. We’re working as hard as we can on that.
“The performances can keep that belief for us that we will stay up – but as well, we have to produce goals. If we don’t, we lose games and then just the performances won’t keep us up.”