Striker shortage will not worry Norwich City boss Neil Adams

Norwich City's Lewis Grabban was on taget again for the Canaries against Celta Vigo at Carrow Road. Picture: Matthew Usher. Norwich City's Lewis Grabban was on taget again for the Canaries against Celta Vigo at Carrow Road. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
6:55 AM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams is confident he will have all the firepower he needs at his disposal for the Championship kick-off after allaying fears over a growing injury list to his strike force.

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Jamar Loza and Gary Hooper are the only fit forwards in the mix with Ricky van Wolfswinkel getting round-the clock treatment at Colney whilst Kyle Lafferty and Lewis Grabban sat out the opening 13-0 friendly win of the club’s Italian tour as a precautionary measure with leg and heel injuries respectively.

Luciano Becchio looks increasingly set for a summer departure from Carrow Road after being left in Norfolk, but Adams insists that comes with the territory at this stage of the season.

“The good thing is with the three injured lads you are talking a matter of days rather than weeks. I’d be more worried if the prognosis was worst than that but they are minor injuries,” he said.

“You don’t want any of course but that is what you have to deal with. Kyle and Lewis were desperate to play but there is no point in taking any risks. As regards Ricky we’re keeping tabs on him from here and there is a full-time physio working with him back at home.

“There was a bit of concern about his knee but it’s just bone bruising and a slight strain really; no tears or anything of that nature.”

Adams’ midfield stocks appear in a far healthier state at present with Anthony Pilkington successfully making his first appearance of the pre-season in the win over SC Vallee d’Aoste.

“I was delighted for him and that was why we kept him on for the full 90 minutes because he has not had any action and he had that sickness bug,” said Adams. “I thought he applied himself very well. He is another one to add to that midfield collection we have got. I don’t think you can ever have too many good players. I thought Wes Hoolahan was excellent for us as well and we are looking good in that area of the pitch.”

21 comments

  • All true Mr. Brewer, but, there are those who wonder whether England would even have qualified had they not been the host nation in 1966! Performances in subsequent years would perhaps tend to give credence to that view. PS I was on a camp site full of Germans on Lake Garda for that final, wouldn't have missed it for the world!

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Waclor, didn`t Jimmy Greaves get injured\dropped too? Resulting in Geoff Hurst playing in the Final. The rest is history, to coin a cliché. Ramsey had a team of grafters, the likes of Nobby Stiles & Alan Ball, plus a few Class Acts, like Bobby Charlton & Martin Peters. Oh, and Bobby Moore... Most importantly; it was a TEAM. If Neil can emulate Sir Alf`s achievements for England and Gorbalschev`s for Naaridge, he`ll be a Freeman of the City, tout de suite.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • I agree Mattias, the current squad has great potential but this is what we were saying at this time last year. The failure was due to not getting the best out of the players through poor tactics and lack of motivation. for both these things the manager needs to know the players very well off and on the pitch. Right now he probably knows more about how they play cards than how they play football. However remember Alf Ramsey only discovered his 1966 4-3-3 formation by accident because Terry Paine and Ian Callaghan either got injured or disappointed against Uruguay. Perhaps Neil is further forward than it looks. Hope so.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • think its foolish to nail down just 1 formation. Different teams require a different approach. For example one side may be prone to a wizard like hoolahan exploiting them. Another may be more than able at limiting him. Another side may not be able to deal with 2 wingers with pace running at them (Redmond, Bennet etc). Currently we have a squad more than capable of adjusting to multiple formations 4-4-2,4-3-3,4-5-1. Its an exciting time really as for a change we may actually have a plan B or even C when things are not working out. This of course was something Hughton was moaned at for more than anything else. Not being able to change a game (not even once) during his time in charge. I've heard many blame to lack of quality on the bench for this. Drop down a level though and looking at the team currently I see atleast 17 players who in their minds would feel they are 1st choice so it looks like we will not only have a strong starting xi but a strong bench most games as well! All pleasing stuff either way. Add in anyone else that arrives and there is plenty of reasons to be expecting a positive season. (hopefully)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • We will all have to wait and see just what formation Neil Adams decides to play during the coming season. As I stated before it is players that win games not formations. Last season, too many players did not put enough effort in and for me work rate counts for a lot. I get the impression that NA sees it that way as well. As for trying to tell me to watch post 2005 games, I never realised that all those home games at Carrow Road in the last 9 seasons were throw backs to the past. Likewise, I seem to recall that we were playing a diamond midfield in most home games under Paul Lambert, was that really before 2005 or is SO on the dope again.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Hmm Trevor, i disagree. Last season we had a squad full of great players. Just poor tactics and leadership from the manager got us to where we are. Granted, this year we will be able to play with 2 strikers more often as we are in a much weaker league. However playing 2 strikers against teams who have strong midfield's is asking for problems. And i don't think comparing us to Liverpool is a good comparison. They could play with 8 men on the pitch and still pass through our midfield. It all depends on the quality of your opponent

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    James Dunthorne

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Liverpool played 4-1-4-1 btw at no point were Sturridge and Suarez used as out and out strikers. 1 was used as the striker, one in a wide or false striker position.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Trevor, you need to watch football post 2005 I think. You can play a diamond with 2 strikers in league 1 but in the championship it will be tougher. 1 up top is not negative. I suspect we will play with Laffety as the focal point striker with grabban and probably Redmond in the wide roles an attacking midfielder, maybe wes and two holding midfielders, Howson and Johnson? This isn't a negative formation it's a modern attacking formation. 4-4-2 is dead.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • away on my hols,getting ready for a NEW season where we are not all calling every player when he has a bad day,stop the negatives and give the team a boost by being 100% per cent behind them.They play the game and we only watch and critique.We should support the club.Now throw out the negatives and look to the future.Murphy twins to be top scorers this season,What a lovely thought. OTBC

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Under our last decent manager we regularly played the so called diamond midfield with two strikers, whereas the last manager played a 4-5-1, some would argue that the latter was more successful, but who went along to the WBA game the season before last expecting us to be relegated that day. The point is that it is players that win games not formations, Germany simply have far better players than England right now, only work rate can help negate such an imbalance. We only have to look back to the work rate of Grant Holt, as our main striker. If the ball was not getting up to him he would work back and hunt it down.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Maybe not James, but look at Liverpool, would you question that playing Sturridge and Squarez as a pair of strikers was a mistake, after all, they so nearly won the Premiership last season, whereas we stuck with a 4-5-1 formation.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • lol Trevor...i don't think using England as an example is really helping to prove your point that 2 strikers is better than 1! Germany won the world cup, England didn't win a single game :\

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    James Dunthorne

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • I think the hot muggy weather is making some people a bit fractious, we need a Brew to quieten things down.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Likewise, it will be interesting to see how behind the times NA is in his approach to the new season. After all we started the Dereham game with Hooper and Grabban on the pitch, then fielded Lafferty and Becchio second half. Against Braintree we played first half with Lafferty & Hooper then second half with Grabban & Wolfswinkle. I can only presume you experts on todays game think that was simply a smokescreen laid down by our manager.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • My managing and coaching days may now be well behind me but as a season ticket holder, I certainly still watch many games. I held a coaching badge, can you detractors say the same I wonder. It seemed to me that a number of national teams at the world cup were in fact still playing two strikers and succeeding. Even England played with two strikers unless you think Rooney does not qualify as such. You can discuss formations all day long but as long as players pass and move, you should not get over run in midfield. The object of the game is to score goals and playing with two strikers increases the chances of that happening.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Mellow Yellow, you are absolutely bang on. Really annoys me that some fans are still of the opinion that 2 strikers = attacking football. In modern football it usually means surrendering the midfield. Need players all over the pitch to contribute to attacking play. the striker is just the focal point. See Germany during the world cup? Klose = Lafferty.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • When was the last time you watched a game of professional football Clever Trevor? How many teams these days have two strikers on the pitch at the same time? Very few if any. The days of having out and out strikers to get goals are long over - the best teams have players that are capable of scoring from any position.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Striker shortage? Round the clock treatment for RVW? You need to cut down on the fire water Paddy. Good to see Pilks getting some praise and Wes as lively as ever.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • I for one, hope that we go with two strikers up front most games if not all. I would rather watch an attacking team any day and never want to return to the dour performances under the last manager.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • NA is quite right, we have enough in the locker already. How many times will we playing 2 up top? .......... the squad is no doubt gelling together nicely over in Italy ..........roll on Wolves OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Why should NA worry about a striker shortage in the middle of a needlessly long pre-season schedule where the opposition have twice failed to turn up? The knocks appear to be minor and the most interesting part of the story is Becchio left at home. Suggest he is used as a make weight to force a deal with Peterborough for Assombalonga.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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