Norwich City new boy Lewis Grabban will handle great expectations

Norwich City's summer signing Lewis Grabban is confident he can handle the weight of expectation. Picture: Denise Bradley Norwich City's summer signing Lewis Grabban is confident he can handle the weight of expectation. Picture: Denise Bradley

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
7:30 AM

Lewis Grabban will relish the goalscoring burden of firing Norwich City back into the Premier League.

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Neil Adams’ first signing of the summer was officially unveiled at Colney on Tuesday and the 26-year-old is determined to repay the City chief.

Grabban is not fazed by the size of the reported £3m transfer switch from Championship rivals Bournemouth or the expectation of helping his new club try and bounce back at the first attempt.

Norwich were one of the lowest scorers in the country last season but the prolific Grabban plundered 22 league goals in the Cherries’ top-half Championship finish.

“I don’t feel any added pressure. I am there to score goals regardless of which team or how much I cost,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I feel any extra pressure to what I put upon myself anyway, which is to go out and perform and hopefully score goals. The price is not down to me. Clubs pay money for players and I can’t do anything about the fee, but I don’t think its anything to worry about.

“Perhaps at Bournemouth we had just come out of League One and the expectation wasn’t there; that is certainly not the case here but I think if you strive to be a good footballer you have to handle that side of it. If not, then there is something wrong with you in my book.”

Grabban was linked with both Cardiff City and Brighton before opting to swap the south coast for Norfolk.

“The ambition of the club was the major attraction,” he said. “They have gone down but the gaffer and everyone else here wants to give it a good crack at the first time of asking. In my mind I felt it was the best opportunity for me to get to the Premier League.”

28 comments

  • It doesn't really censor Dickens does it?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • MB, Yeah Drongo is an old fashioned slang term down here. I've never heard of the term "Droob". Another couple are "Bogan" which is similar to a "Chav". "You sh#t me to tears" is another which is self explanatory.

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Why a he holding that thing so high? Were we meant to sign Crouch instead or was that the height he was at before they chopped his knees off?

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    Inter YaNan

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Brew - I think that the Blaaffen's are holidaying with the Bliar's again this year. Probably in Chiantishire. However we may be able to get a more upbeat Steady On to join us at Die Wonder Perd.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • not a fan of Graziano Pelle B Inners. Id prefer RVW if I was them. I still think RVW will be leaving on loan. Just cant picture him making Neils starting line up regardless if he plays 4-3-3 or 4-4-2. Will either be Redmond, Lafferty & Grabban in the 4-3-3, or Hooper & Lafferty in the 4-4-2

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • OzCan, I`d never heard of Jesse Pinkman, but as an incurable researcher, I looked him up. A leading (fictional) character in "Breaking Bad" which I`d also never heard of! Yes, some pics are a bit Winkel-esque, but he seems to have a bit more meat on his bones than the Van Man.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Reference an earlier post, I did retro-correct an error but Archie has retro-deleted my retro-edit, retrospectively. Anyway, for literature fans, Charles John Huffam D!ckens is buried at Poets` Corner, not Speakers` Corner as I implied. I think I erred in referring to the common use of "Poets" as an acronym - in "Poets` Day". Apologies for any offence. It makes you wonder how the marketing guys got away with FCUK. I suppose a typographical error-challenged anagram is less offensive than an accurate acronym? G`Day, Oz Canary! I stumbled upon a new (to me) word "droob". My OED attributes it to Australian slang. Any idea of its origins? "Drongo" is another good Aussie word, but the origin of that is documented - it`s a bird! For some reason it is also used as an insulting word for a dullard. Oh, Footie - yes, agree, we need an influential midfielder.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • We still need to find a decent quality Midfielder. Fer & Tettey are likely to be off in one form or another. We really lacked an experienced person at the heart of our Midfield last season. One who's capable of unlocking defences. Even Frank Lampard has signed for a club down here. He would have been good for us. He'd have a wealth of experience to pass on to our guys, escpecially our youth team.

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Is it just me or is RVW starting to look more like Jesse Pinkman everyday?

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • A tricky one but I agree with Steady On and hope against hope that order is restored to training and tactics. Good to hear that the level of fitness is up on last year.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Whilst I agree with all that you say there Steady On, I think perhaps on the continent there are some good teams that will look at our situation last season for what it was and come in for him based on his previous reputation at Lisbon etc. I'd be happy if he stays but it's just a hunch...

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • The money involved kind of dictates RVW's future. We paid 8.5m for him and will at the very least look to recoup a significant quantity of that fee. Now, his goalscoring record and current stock means we cannot hope to gain that level of compensation. Therefore the only options left are he stays here and works hard to prove his worth, something I believe he can do with proper physical conditioning, or we loan him. We then run into the same problem we have with selling him. His stock is currently too low to reasonably identify a good level of club to loan him to. It all points towards him trying to prove himself here. He's been made number 20, expectations are very low so if he has a good pre-season the stage is set for him to prove his worth. I wish him every luck in the world. I hope all fans have an open mind towards him this season. What he needs is a blank slate not dragging up his past.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • I see that Saints are looking at the Feyenoord striker Graziano Pelle for circa 12m euros. They might be looking at RVW as replacement.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Hmm, could be clumsy man-management not to have had a chat with RVW first. If he wants to keep all these strikers then he's got to keep them happy and feeling part of things. RVW and Hoops also have track records in scoring, just not under CH!!!

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Dameng - I like your PMA, I concur. Good guy, poorly managed and lost his confidence. For the laughs everyone got out of him I'd like to see him go on and do really well either here or somewhere else (obviously not a rival!)

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Spot on DamEng. Pretty much how I feel over the whole issue.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Making him number 20 takes the heat off of him. With the focus away from everything else hopefully he can knuckle down and score some goals. There is a good striker in there somewhere he has the ability and circumstance hurt him a lot last year. was good to see him knuckling down on the first day of pre-season. Whether he goes out on loan or stays here I believe he can prove a point. Correct decision to make him number 20.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Considering he was wearing the No 9 shirt at FC Porto and last year with us, do you honestly think that giving him a No 20 shirt will do his confidence any good? Whilst I know this is only a number, I also know this can affect some players confidence. Looking on Google, it has also previously been mentioned in the Daily Mail. Personally, I would rather he stayed and made all the people who slated him last year eat their own words, but if he goes (hopefully on loan), I wish him all the best for next year and look forward to seeing him back the following year in the the prem (hopefully).

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    DamEng

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Dag! DamEng. There have been rumours, but no more than that. It`s difficult to see why anybody would want to part with a reasonable fee, after RvW`s Norwich nightmare. It would be good to believe the lad can rebuild. It must have been traumatic to find the ball being torn from his grasp as he prepared to do his penalty duties. It must`ve been depressing to play in a team that was so dreadfully set up and motivated. It could not have been much worse for him. Others suffered too. The only one to prosper has gone to Hull. Thank goodness.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • DamEng - ask Google

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • One of my dutch colleagues has just advised me that Feyenoord are looking at signing RVW. This was the first thing that he said to me after returning from my hols. Whilst I do not know if the signing will be a loan or permanent (if it happens at all), I do know that my colleague is a hugh Feyenoord fan. Has anyone else heard any thing regarding this subject?

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    DamEng

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Sorry to hear about bereavement, dingo. Feel free to email. As you know, I`ve had my share of that lately. Fagen has pronounced on another board. Stay cool. Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • nice face Lewis, you look like you're holding aloft a smelly nappy.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • MB: Yes but not sure when - very recent bereavement has left lots of work. I'll let you know offsite.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Cutty; I enjoy the challenge of getting a word from Archie`s `Rude List` through. D!ckens ;-) El dingo is an erudite old dog, in an illustrative kind of way. Dingo; are you up for another Balductum session at The Renderers` Retreat or other hostelry? About time Steely Dan was roused from his reverie to put on his SS regalia (Social Secretary) and create some fun action for his sycophants. As long as he doesn`t enjoy himself too much. These boards lack the sparkle of the days of Barking Wise. Bill Punton`s bald patch has gone quiet, too. I hope he`s not on Archie`s proscribed list, like Charles D!ckens. Or John Huffam. Perhaps the next imbibulation should be at Speakers` Corner?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Think you solved it Brew, Great Expectation\Hard Times.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • What the D!ckens are you on about, el dingo? ;-) Good to see the lad dutifully trotting out the prepared dictum. All the key words ticked off. When will Becchio get his turn at a bit of Newspeak?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Then Hard Times. .. I hope not!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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