Norwich City’s top 100 appearances: Alex Tettey
PUBLISHED: 11:04 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:48 15 May 2017
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Today we kick off a new series looking at the players whose names are on Norwich City’s top 100 appearances list.
150 appearances/6 goals
Labelled ‘one-of-a-kind’ by Norwich City’s former boss Alex Neil. Alex Tettey is certainly a rare breed. The combative midfielder collects yellow cards at an alarming rate but at his best protects City’s backline and breaks up play with an endeavour and energy that underlines why he has largely been an ever-present under numerous managers since signing from Rennes in 2012.
Tettey’s brand of destruction in that key central midfield area has usually left the spotlight to the likes of Wes Hoolahan or Jonny Howson, or Alex Pritchard in recent times. But when he troubles the scorers they are usually worth waiting for.
Tettey’s ‘toe poke’ as it uncharitably became labelled bamboozled David De Gea to secure a first Norwich City win at Old Trafford since 1989, in the Canaries’ landmark Premier League success at Manchester United. His last strike in Norwich colours came the following month to beat Southampton 1-0 at Carrow Road - an instinctive slot into the top corner in front of the Barclay.
In the interests of balance, Tettey has also served up a wonderful moment at the River End. That thunderous long range half volley against Sunderland in March 2014 was dusted off in the discussion around the best strikes seen by a home player in the modern era at Carrow Road, sparked by Hoolahan and Howson’s interventions in a routine Championship win over Nottingham Forest this past season. A Tettey goal in green and yellow is one to savour. The former Norwegian international has never failed to finish on the winning side when he notches, a rare achievement for a quiet, unassuming individual who had to be reminded earlier this season he was closing in on 150 appearances for the Canaries.
Sadly that Good Friday 3-1 defeat to Fulham was a forgettable way to mark a personal milestone that is a testament to his longevity and importance to a series of Norwich managers. How many more of those barnstorming, driving displays Tettey has left in the tank may hinge on the new head coach. Retiring from the international stage should ensure he has a shot at remaining an integral part of the club’s next chapter. But the man himself called it right towards the end of the recent campaign when he admitted he faces a battle with youth on the rise. The City annals will judge his service and commitment favourably, whatever the future holds.
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