Norwich City new boy Joseph Yobo knows what it takes to survive in the Premier League

Norwich City loan recruit Joseph Yobo has been over the survival course in the Premier League with Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City loan recruit Joseph Yobo has been over the survival course in the Premier League with Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
7:00 AM

Norwich City’s January loan signing Joseph Yobo knows exactly what it will take to get out of Premier League trouble.

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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.”

10 comments

  • Only just spotted `Fenerbache`. It`s `Fenerbahce`, Archie. With one of those squiggly bits on the bottom of the `C`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • I like the way the jurnos have subtly slides into describing everything as a survival fight now, a few weeks ago they seem unable to accept we were in a relegation battle. Now it's as if we always were. Wonder if they will subtly slide into Hughton being sacked when it eventually becomes inevitable

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • If Yobo knows how to survive will he please tell CH, cos by his actions CH doesnt know how to.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Tried to agree with you, Burglecut. Vetoed by Archie. Those journos are very jealous of their perceived `insider` status. The wouldn`t want to put that at risk by jumping ship.... until the time is right. Just now, they`re eyeing up the Lifeboats. Journos and journos first!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • So is he available for sunday? In fact how about Howson Hoolahan and Bennett?

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    johnty

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Good experience to have winning 1 out of 10 - the Everton defence must have been good at that time...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • I suppose the irony is, we give Yobo the chance to stake his claim for an International comeback, then he b****rs off to play some friendlies, leving us back at Square 1. Maybe RvW can fill in at CB?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Oh dear this is all getting to me, I'm getting Sundayitis and it's only Wednesday.

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • He knows what it takes, and knows we ain't got it.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • “Sometimes you can get comfortable if you are in a team winning every game" - Dont worry Yobo - not much chance of that here. Perhaps Rip Van Winkel will show you the way through the airport at the end of the season as he has made it clear he does not consider himself a Championship player. Perhaps Kings Lynn could do with him.

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    What a Hoot

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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