Friday, November 23, 2012
Midfielder Alex Tettey has just six full Premier League games under his belt for Norwich City – but is learning fast about the English game.
Since appearing as a late substitute in the 5-2 home defeat by Liverpool, the Norway international has been an ever-present in the Canaries’ top-flight line-up and has played a key role in their climb out of the relegation zone.
The 26-year-old is keen to deflect the praise for City’s unbeaten run of five league games, however.
“I have adapted faster than I thought, of course. I thought it was going to be much harder, the game, but it has been good,” he said. “I feel good but it’s not about me, it’s about the whole team, the whole squad actually. It has been a great atmosphere for the whole group because things are going well.
“It’s all down to the coach and him seeing something wrong when we conceded five against Liverpool and four away against Chelsea. “From then, he started to work with the back four and the midfield players and I think things have been starting to look good.”
Tettey believes similarities between the French and the English game made the transition easier after his move from Rennes.
“I think there are a lot of scouts looking at the French league,” he said.
“The French league is very good, they have all kinds of stars, so that’s why I think players coming from France to England, they don’t have any problem trying to play the game. It’s quite similar, more so than people think.”
Tettey has developed a successful double act with Bradley Johnson in their role as central midfielders giving extra cover to the City back four.
“He’s a good player who played last season in the Premier League, so he has good experience from that. I’m just trying to do my best to get an understanding. We talk to each other and try to help the team and play well,” said Tettey.
A back problem forced him to withdraw from the Norway squad for the friendly in Hungary last week but it has not kept him out of manager Chris Hughton’s line-up.
“It was disappointing because it’s a team I want to break through into,” said Tettey. “There is a lot of competition in that midfield area and when I get the chance, I have to go and prove myself.”
Playing in the Premier League should enhance his chances of regular international football, he admitted.
“Yes, but it doesn’t put me in front of those who are playing because they have been doing really well. But of course I have a bigger chance now since I’m playing and doing well so I hope next year I’ll get a chance,” he said.