James Maddison has delivered on all fronts for Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 12:12 24 March 2018
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Spud's Teaser: Which former Norwich City player managed Forest Green Rovers between 2013-2016?
I’m back on the road again today, this time to Forest Green Rovers as they welcome Mansfield Town to the New Lawn – and it will put me back on the magical 92 grounds in the top four divisions of the English game.
I will be standing in the Forest Green end and I’m sure at some point during the game if it’s not going the home team’s way, some of their fans will be shouting and screaming passionately about how they should be doing this and doing that. They’re probably expecting the same success they had last season.
At the same time, some of their fans will be understanding, despite concerns for their Football League status; they knew the first season as a football league club would be tough.
If I close my eyes, I might actually be bale to imagine I was at Carrow Road – like Norwich City, there are many clubs up and down the country which have supporters who feel their club should have constant success, whilst other fans, like myself, know it doesn’t work like that. You have to be patient.
This is the first season for about a decade that I haven’t expected too much and thought we would finish mid-table. Whilst there have been some disappointing times, and not as much entertainment as there has been over recent years, there has still been a lot of positives.
The biggest positive is the main man on the pitch, and that is James Maddison, who is a joy to watch.
I enjoyed watching Alex Pritchard, but there was something with Pritchard that meant he was never going to be in my long list of favourite players. I’m sure as Pritchard headed to Huddersfield he had forgotten about his time at Norwich.
While I’m realistic enough to know that Maddison will move onto bigger things, he has always had a bond with the club and the fans, which is something I don’t think Pritchard ever had. And when he does move on, I am sure many fans, like me, will wish him all the best and appreciate the fact we had a such quality at our club.
Two other players I have really enjoyed watching this season are Harrison Reed and Angus Gunn. We have had many players on loan over the years who really couldn’t care less about Norwich City, but that is one accusation that cannot be levelled at Reed and Gunn.
We all knew about Gunn long before he came. I wish he was with us permanently, but he’s not, so we must just appreciate that he has played for us. One thing I do know, he is one of us.
I would love to se Reed stay with us on a permanent deal; he is such a quality player. A few weeks ago I was saying how impressed I was having him playing instead of Ivo Pinto. Recently he has said he doesn’t want to return to Southampton just to play in their U23s. If he does return to the south coast and doesn’t fancy staying there, I hope we can make a move for his services.
If seems we won’t have any of those three in yellow and green next season, but we may have players ready to fill their boots with Remi Matthews, Ben Godfrey and Kenny McLean. They are receiving glowing reports so it seems they are more than ready for the next level up.
They may not have had much Championship experience, but then neither did Maddison, Gunn or Reed before this season. So let’s not all be doom and gloom. There are a lot more positives than some people think. Things could be a lot worse – we could really be in downward spiral like Ipswich Town.
Come on, you Yellows
Spud’s teaser answer: Adrian Pennock