July 28 2014 Latest news:
Monday, May 12, 2014
Our two Norwich City writers, Paddy Davitt and Michael Bailey, have marked the players out of 10 for their performances over the 2013/14 season.
What do you think? Fill in your own player ratings in the form at the bottom of this page. All this week we are running a PinkUn fan takeover - asking you the fan to give your views on a number of different subjects involving the club you love.
Every day we will pose a series of questions on this website, each with a different theme. We want you to take part in the poll and send in your overall views and thoughts.
The results will then be used in a special PinkUn supplement in the EDP and Norwich Evening News next Saturday.
• PADDY DAVITT’S RATINGS (STAR MAN IN BOLD):
Sebastien Bassong 5 – Well short of the defender who deservedly claimed the player-of-the-year last season.
Ryan Bennett 6 – Limited opportunities again under the former manager. Badly needs regular first team football to draw out his potential.
Johan Elmander 6 – Target of the boo boys for his lack of goals but no questioning the attitude and application.
Leroy Fer 6 – Rave reviews in the opening weeks of the season but the gruelling nature of English football caught up with him. Inconsistent.
Wes Hoolahan 5 – Season dominated by the January transfer saga involving Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa. Now a peripheral figure in the squad.
Gary Hooper 6 – Purple patch before Christmas after an injury-hit start. Suffered from the rotational policy in the failed search for productivity.
Jonathan Howson 6 – Stand out performer in the opening half of the campaign before a long term back injury. Never scaled the same heights on his return.
Bradley Johnson 6 – Abiding memory will be his reaction after the square pass that teed up Liverpool winner.
Russell Martin 6 – Alternated with Steven Whittaker at right-back before switched into a central role. Looked vulnerable too often.
Martin Olsson 7 – Arguably the pick of the summer recruits over the whole piece. Played with a damaged shoulder for months but one of the few consistent operators.
Anthony Pilkington 5 – Season to forget. No questioning his technical ability to play at the top level but career increasingly blighted by injuries.
Nathan Redmond 6 – Similar trajectory to Fer. Started superbly, tailed off as his confidence and City’s decline sapped that early zest. Still promise and potential rather than the finished article.
John Ruddy 7 – Kept 12 Premier League clean sheets in a losing cause. Exposed too often by the men in front but reputation will emerge intact.
Robert Snodgrass 7 – By his own admission struggled to overcome injuries to recapture his best form. Newcastle fan spat was a lowlight but productive end to the season. Will rue that Chelsea chance late on at Stamford Bridge.
Alexander Tettey 6 – Highlight was the stunning strike to sink Sunderland. Injury also disrupted what could have been a promising axis with Howson and Fer.
Michael Turner 5 – Long term injury lay-off with a hamstring problem suffered on New Year’s Day. Was magnificent at the Stadium of Light the week before but partnership with Bassong nowhere near as secure this season.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel 4 – Too many questions and precious few answers why the poster boy was a massive failure. Looked ill at ease with how Norwich wanted to play under Hughton. But that should not excuse his own limitations in adjusting to the aggressive Premier League.
Steven Whittaker 6 – City career has been stop, start. But has never really put his stamp on proceedings when he has been in the side. Highlight that slaloming run against Everton on the opening day.
• MICHAEL BAILEY’S RATINGS:
Sebastien Bassong 6 - Occasionally resolute, but by the end was unable to offer any leadership.
Ryan Bennett 5 - Probably never knew if he was coming or going; still waiting for him to really assert himself.
Johan Elmander 6 - Helped tee-up some goals and worked hard, but never looked like scoring.
Leroy Fer 6 - Too raw for the division in the end; undoubted potential but often went missing.
Wes Hoolahan 5 - Not given enough chances early; looked past his best by the end.
Gary Hooper 6 - Only player to hit a goal trail, then missed crucial chances later; didn’t happen for him.
Jonny Howson 7 - Injury stopped superb rhythm and he never quite got it back sadly.
Bradley Johnson 6 - Work rate and attitude was always there; others should’ve stepped up.
Russell Martin 6 - Led when he could, but couldn’t maintain his usual high standards this term.
Martin Olsson 8 - Not always the brightest player, but fought through shoulder pain and a regular attacking outlet.
Anthony Pilkington 5 - A real miss all season, be it injury or other factors. Big shame too.
Nathan Redmond 6 - Another who simply appeared not ready for the Premier League; too little end product too often.
John Ruddy 8 - Solid rather than spectacular, but that was still better than most; deserved more this season.
Robert Snodgrass 8 - His attitude in the run-in said it all; fell just short of last season’s heights but the best of the lot.
Alex Tettey 8 - A big miss with injury at times; shouldn’t be at a relegated club.
Michael Turner 6 - Good attitude but found wanting defensively just too often.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel 6 - Either the unluckiest striker or biggest flop City have ever had, and I still can’t make up my mind over the answer.
Steven Whittaker 5 - Struggled defensively, and then found his attacking game come unstuck too. Not easy without a run of games.
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