Alex Tettey hails the impact of Norwich City loan signing Joseph Yobo

In-form Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is shackled by Joseph Yobo at Carrow Road on Sunday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images In-form Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is shackled by Joseph Yobo at Carrow Road on Sunday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
2:58 PM

His January arrival may have been relatively low key, but Joseph Yobo is having a big impact on Norwich City’s season as far as Alex Tettey is concerned.

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Yobo joined on loan for the rest of the season from Fenerbahce and alongside Sebastien Bassong, the 33-year-old has helped the Canaries to successive clean sheets at Carrow Road against Tottenham on Sunday, and before that Manchester City.

The former Everton centre-back’s arrival helped ease the loss of Michael Turner to injury, and all in a short space of time – impressive for a player who had found match action hard to come by in Turkey this term.

“Joseph and Seb are clicking really well,” said Tettey. “That’s good for the team and for them, the way they are playing.

“They understand each other and it’s good for the team that at the back, we can have that trust. It makes the team go forward, and everyone calm down and play football.”

The Canaries will hope to take some of their imperious home form on the road this weekend, in a bid to get one over former manager Paul Lambert – as well as a host of other Norwich connections.

But for Tettey, it’s all about the here and now. One look at the Premier League table shows just what is at stake on Sunday.

“We have a huge game again on Sunday and it’s just goal difference between us and them, so we have to go there and do better than we did at West Ham,” added Tettey, who is confident City are in a rich vein of form – even if the positives results only started to come last weekend.

“It’s what we have been saying as players – the performances haven’t dropped. It’s just we’ve been struggling to score goals. That’s the issue – and all the time we are trying to find the way to solve that. It’s about being clinical and taking our chances. We’re working as hard as we can on that.

“The performances can keep that belief for us that we will stay up – but as well, we have to produce goals. If we don’t, we lose games and then just the performances won’t keep us up.”

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17 comments

  • On the subject of who to drop to bring back Howson, I would give Fer a rest. He looked really asleep on Saturday and might benefit from a week or two on the bench.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • I am dead pleased with Joseph Yobo. I had no idea he was available so I give Hughton full credit for once. Squeaks and botties but I feel better about things.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • A lot of us were wrong regarding Mr Yobo. The fact that I had him in my Fantasy side about 20 years ago made me doubt his age. But if you are old enough then you are good enough.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • M3 who are you going to drop to include Howson?

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    goldie

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • The team has a good balance at the moment and players in key positions are playing well. My concern is Hughton and his team selections - as soon as Howson and Turner are fit he'll be itching to pick them again at the expense of players who are doing well. Howson maybe as the attacking midfielder but the defence together with Tettey and Johnson should stay the same.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Bassong & Yobo with Big John backing up, you wouldn't want to be caught trying to steal a Mars Bar from them would you? Seb can be great but I think that he has a tendency to lose focus now and again and that was why he fell out of favour at Spurs. We have seen that this season and I think that Jo Yobo has taken enough weight off his shoulders and so he can relax into it and they look like a soild pair. There is an opportunity for Ryan Bennett to learn and grow alongside them but at the moment Yobo seems to be the anchor-point. Putting Tetty and Jono infront of them gives you very solid platform, as Mattias points out, may be more solid than we need sometimes. As we are now developing some serious competition, then let's use those subs with enough time left to make an impact. Sunday hasn't half cheered me up this week and has saved a few potential "off-the-ball-incidents" at work already.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Johnson seems so much better alongside Tettey. More confident too.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Couldn't agree more with Mr Tettey. Too Modest though as our upturn in form is as much down to him as anyone else. On topic though Yobo has surprised me. I refused to moan about Yobo & Gutierrez before they'd even played but I'll admit I was concerned both were past there best and wouldnt contribute much. Happy to admit I was wrong, especially about Yobo. As much as I like Ryan Bennett and believe he will go on to great things, he & Bassong have not overly clicked IMO. Bassong has struggled with form while being Captain. I believe hes a good leader in the sense the players all seem speak highly over him & look up to him. He certainly seems the head prankster in the locker room taking over from Holty. Its just his form thats suffered and like I said before im convinced its because hes too busy trying to focus on what everyone else is doing its getting in the way of focusing on what he should be doing. Watch a majority of the goals we've let in this season and watch him in the build up. Always looking around, pointing, instructing, then the error suddenly comes from him or around him. Yobo is a natural leader himself. Captain of his country, record cap holder and has wealth of experience in the Premier League which can only aid us in surviving. Suddenly we look alot more confident at the back, backed up by the amount of clean sheets we've kept. Long may there partnership continue in my opinion. Get Howson back in contention in MF, helped further more by Ruddy's return to form and suddenly the spine of the teams looking extremely solid again!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Yobo an excellent loaning, with Bassong and Ruddy looking good takes the pressure off the mid-field to a degree and the whole team plays better as a result.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Fully agree with M3 comments, also in regards to playing 2 DMC against some opponents and only 1 against others, but and im sorry to be negative but doubt CH will change things each week or be able to read a game and change things on 50 minutes but lets leave that one alone for now after Sundays good win. Tettey is also to "blame" for our upturn in performances lately. He drives team forward with a few runs which tends to ease the pressure for us. Yobo been very solid and a good loan signing.

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Agree with all the comments and Sunday has really cheered me up too, however as much as I like this feeling I hate the feeling when all the optimism collapses 7 days later. Its like the feeling u get before a week's holiday in the sun, but the feeling when u arrive back off the plane is horrible. I know its very pessimistic but I am already massively messing my pants about Sunday . That nerve shredding feeling of the last 10 minutes is not an emotion I can bare anymore. Can't we just be 3 up with 10 mins left so as a spectator we can feel more relaxed? If hull can do it surely we can. Its not fair. Its just not fair

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    bonesy

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I am dead pleased with Joseph Yobo. I had no idea he was available so I give Hughton full credit for once. Squeaks and botties but I feel better about things.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • To be fair it is not just the failure to score goals but also to defend against them that has been our problem, including the West Ham Game. Yobo certainly does seem to have helped tighten the defence and for me Bassong is now also playing better. I though Bennett was looking the better centre back until his injury but he will now find it hard to break back into the team, such is football, lose form or get injured and you may then struggle to regain your place. Tettey has likewise looked very solid in defensive midfield so lets see this resolve carried into the Villa game.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • yobo has got to be best jan signing for us he stood firm against adebayer! no pushover , solid with bassong

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    sammo

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Excellant point you make Goldie. Just answered your question in the other thread so to speak. Right now I wouldnt drop anyone as Johnson, Tettey & Fer are all playing well. Long term I would have Tettey sitting in front of the back four with Howson & Fer in Centre Mid. Like against Stoke earlier in the season away. 1 DMC works well most the time. Very few play 2 DMCs (Johnson & Tettey) unless your planning on countering specific threats like a high quality player in the hole. With everyone fit we have plenty of options depending who we face. Face a top 6 side with a threat? No prob deploy Johnson and Tettey with Fer or Howson ahead (IMO I'd have Fer but totally understand an respect others would have Howson etc...). Face a fellow struggler at Carrow Road, then we can deploy just 1 DMC and open up a bit more then we can play just Tettey (Or Johnson, I just prefer Tettey) with Fer & Howson ahead. Either way its all pleasing in my eyes. Competition for places seperates those who want to get us out of this mess and those who dont. Brings the best form out of people to like with Johnson recently.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Tettey, you are a god.

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    Denzil

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Agree, el dingo. Hitherto unsungJohnson has long been appreciative of the opportunity to play alongside Tettey and it clearly improves his game - specially the passing. Less panic, much calmer. Johnno is our most improved player and, as things stand, he is Player of the Season. He always turns up, and now he`s beginning to turn it on.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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