Ex-striker Robert Earnshaw backs West Brom and Norwich City managers to settle their squads for crunch clash
Former Norwich City striker Robert Earnshaw believes it will be all down to the managers to brush aside bickering within their squads and deliver a boost to their respective Premier League survival bids this weekend.
The Canaries’ defeat in Wales on Saturday saw a frustrated team dealing with a few exchanges on the pitch – although that was some way short of the dressing room bust-up endured by West Brom after their late heartbreak at home to Cardiff.
“To be honest, bust-ups and arguments happen all the time because you’re playing against your team-mates in the week in training, you’re all fighting to win those games as well as at the weekend,” said Earnshaw.
“And sometimes it can affect things. People don’t speak to each other afterwards or argue after the games, and don’t get on. Or they can shout at each other in training, after a game, and then the next morning it’s all forgotten and everything’s fine.
“It really depends on the characters involved and the manager, and how he controls it. He has to settle things down. Those things are the key.”
Saido Berahino reportedly suffered a minor head injury in Albion’s weekend altercation, with fresh claims the England Under-21 striker is considering legal action against his team-mate over the matter denied by both player and club in a statement last night.
Either way, it’s been tough for West Brom as they prepare for a genuinely important game at Carrow Road, with two of Earshaw’s former clubs aiming to take a big step towards top-flight survival.
“It’s a tricky one because both teams are right on that edge,” the 32-year-old said. “They would’ve felt a bit more comfortable earlier in the season because they were in a decent position. But they are dropping right into the thick of things now.
“It’s going to be interesting at the weekend and it’s going to be intense. It’s just about staying in the Premier League for both of them this season – and obviously Norwich are going to try to win it, but it’s definitely a not-lose game for both.”
Earnshaw is back in England having signed for Championship strugglers Blackpool after spending the last two seasons between Cardiff, Israel’s Macabi Tel Aviv and MLS outfit Toronto.
“To be honest, it’s been brilliant – I’ve definitely expanded my football knowledge,” he added.