Norwich City new boy Joseph Yobo knows what it takes to survive in the Premier League
07:00 18 February 2014
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Norwich City’s January loan signing Joseph Yobo knows exactly what it will take to get out of Premier League trouble.
Yobo arrived on loan from Turkish outfit Fenerbache last month to bolster the Canaries’ push for top flight survival after spending the previous decade at Everton, which included one near miss with relegation. The 33-year-old centre-back was part of a Toffees’ squad who won only one of their last 10 games in the 2003/04 season to finish fourth from bottom and Yobo will draw on that testing experience to help Chris Hughton’s squad over the run-in.
“It wasn’t great. It was a similar situation in as much if you were not careful you could be relegated but over the years we got better and better at Everton and we ended up a top seven team. I remember that season because we had done well the year before and then things went flat. There was also the season when we qualified for the Champions League and that was difficult as well.
“You look at the club’s situation and of course it is a challenge but I like that extra motivation. I understand the situation Norwich is in. I am excited about it.
“Sometimes you can get comfortable if you are in a team winning every game. You see how many teams are involved at the bottom. If you squeeze out two results you go right to the top end. If you lose you come back towards the bottom.”
Yobo has started Norwich last two Premier League games which has eased his path back into Nigeria’s squad for a friendly against Mexico in March as national coach Stephen Keshi steps up his World Cup preparations.
“I spoke to the national team manager and we both know what I need to do,” said Yobo. “I have to perform here and I can get my place back in the national team. I have been in it for so long and captaining my country was special for me.
“To go to the World Cup would be special but I am here now and my priority is Norwich City.”