Aston Villa striker Grant Holt ready for a ‘weird’ experience coming up against Norwich City
20:37 26 February 2014
Having once been the cult hero of Norwich City fans, Grant Holt has admitted it will be weird to come up against his former club, when they travel to Aston Villa on Sunday.
Holt’s playing record over four years at Carrow Road is arguably unrivalled: three consecutive player of the season awards, leading scorer in all four seasons and helping City from the depths of League One into the established Premier League club they are now.
But having left for Championship outfit Wigan in the summer, Holt’s former Norwich boss Paul Lambert opted in January to lure Holt to Villa on loan for the rest of the season – and now the striker could feature against his old club this weekend.
“It will be very, very weird – it will be a strange game,” said Holt. “I didn’t think I’d be playing them as soon as I might be, but I’m looking forward to it.
“I’ll know quite a lot about them because there’s a lot of lads I’ve played with. But I’ve got to get in the team.”
Holt’s Villa involvement has been limited to one start, one booking and three appearances from the bench – with Holt an unused sub in the last two games. Asked if he would celebrate scoring against Norwich, Holt – speaking to the Birmingham Mail – smiled: “I’ve got to score first! I’ll worry about that afterwards.”
The 32-year-old’s decision to rejoin Lambert brought abuse on Twitter from some City fans. Holt added: “There’s always one. Everyone’s got an opinion. I’m sure back in the day when I was on the Carlisle terraces I slagged a few players off as well.
“I think a lot of people disapproved about the move on my Twitter account, but that’s football.”
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