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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Jonny Howson insists his old Leeds team-mate Robert Snodgrass can wreak havoc on Premier League defences.
Snodgrass joined the Canaries for an undisclosed fee earlier this week after opting to follow Howson south from Elland Road. The Scottish international has never operated in the top flight, but Howson is convinced the 24-year-old has all the talent to make a smooth transition.
“He’s definitely got something to add, has Snods,” said Howson. “I played with him for a good few years up at Leeds and he’s definitely going to come here and add good competition for the lads we’ve already got here. He’s done a terrific job at Leeds with assists and goals.
“He’s a danger to teams and I’m sure he’ll bring that to our side as well. He’s one of those wingers who causes problems for the full-back, likes to get at defenders. It’s only going to add competition.
“I think every young professional’s aim or dream is to play at the highest level and I think at the minute this is the highest level, the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world.
“When there is a chance you can make that step up, you maybe can’t pick and choose these decisions. You sometimes have to take it when the chance comes. Everyone wants to play at the highest level against the best teams and best players in the world.”
Snodgrass may even feature in today’s latest friendly at Peterborough, where City head after an encouraging midweek trip to Celtic.
Howson accepts results are irrelevant at this stage, but Chris Hughton’s squad also know the value of a positive build up towards the Premier League opener at Fulham on August 18.
“You don’t want to go out there and be hammered 5-0. The odd goal, I don’t think it matters. The bottom line is you need the fitness out of it, as a team and getting used to each other and different strategies or tactics,” he said.
“If you are putting in good enough performances as a player and as a team, the scoreline’s going to be close anyway. The most important thing is the fitness and the bedding in, ready for the season.”