Neil Adams - Andrew Surman has a Norwich City future

Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman is back in the fold. Picture: Matthew Usher. Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman is back in the fold. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Friday, August 1, 2014
8:30 AM

Andrew Surman has a big future at Norwich City, insists Canaries’ boss Neil Adams.

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The classy midfielder has been one of the stand-out performers during this pre-season after a bit-part role at Carrow Road under previous boss Chris Hughton.

Surman made just seven senior appearances over the past two campaigns and was loaned out to Championship rivals Bournemouth last season, but Adams insists he will be involved this time around.

The 27-year-old is expected to be involved again for Friday’s pre-season finale at home against Celta Vigo and the Norwich boss has praised the midfielder’s response after challenging all his senior men approaching the final year of their current contracts to impress this summer.

“Everyone will be aware he was away on loan last season and probably he came back wondering did he think he had a future here? Well he certainly knows now and also, how I have used him in this pre-season, just shows what I think about him,” said Adams.

“He got man of the match (against Nice) I am told and he was excellent. He was outstanding on the corner of that diamond and then we switched him to a two centrally in front of the back four. He used the ball very well, he makes us tick and I thought he got us going on the front foot and I have been delighted with his attitude and application.

“I’ve said the same about Wes Hoolahan. I’ve sat him down two or three times and told him how important I think he can be for us.”

Surman admitted last month his long-term future was still very much up in the air, but the lure of first team football would be a major factor in his thinking.

“The main thing for me at this stage of my career, I’m 27 now, is that I need to be playing regularly,” he said. “I want to play as much as I can off the back of a season where I played 30-odd games. It would be a change to then sit in the stands.

“I’m no different to every player and we’ll see what the pre-season brings. I have got my head down and tried to work to my best and we’ll see what happens.”

• Luciano Becchio, Jamar Loza and Josh Murphy were all on target in Thursday’s 4-0 friendly win for the Norwich City development squad at Conference South Bishop’s Stortford. City begin their development league campaign with a trip to Manchester United’s Under-21s later this month before hosting Chelsea’s under-21s at Carrow Road.

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19 comments

  • Walcor - agreed, there is little evidence of building as yet. However, it is my contention that Adams is firstly attempting to repair the damage done by CH to the foundations before adding too large an extension.

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • PS. Will there be Dwlyle Flunking or Rhubarb Thrashing contests? I was in the 1969 Buckinghamshire Rhubarb Thrashing team that soundly "thrashed" Hampshire in the county championship that year. Oh to reprise that victory. Btw, I draw the line at Marrow Dangling .

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Your rejected postings Mr. B,! Should I bring along a couple of my rugby playing sons to help you carry them?

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I think it`s a bit like one of those `bring your own burger barbecues` Igno. I`m bringing along a pile of my rejected postings. I forgot to mention that the Briston event features an old traditional ceremony in which a parish councillor is forcibly carried from the chamber sitting in his chair, then is taken to the village stocks to be pelted with stale scones. You may bring your own scones or purchase them from the village store. You may also bring your own witch, if so minded. Next year, there is to be a slight change, with a re-enactment of "The Wicker Man" becoming the finalé for the Councillor Carrying Ceremony. Such fun...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • The question I would raise is "Does Neil Adams have a Norwich City future?" He has not done much team building yet.

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I wouldn't miss it for the world Mr. B, assuming that is, that the sat nav can cope... Is there a dress code?... Lord, I wish we were allowed paragraphs on here, it would make for a lot less dots....PS should one bring one's own books or is Archie supplying disapproved texts?

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • It`s been bad this week, Igno. Apart from the site crashing, I had suffered rejections for words like h0mophone, h0mo sapiens etc. when I suggested this was "q***r" it was rejected as "offensive". The formal dictionary definition of the `offending` word is "strange, odd". The use of the word Archie finds offensive is relatively new and still considered by the OED as an informal use. Are you attending the Archant Book-Burning & Witch Ducking Festival? It`s being held at Briston Village Stocks, near the Pond.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • I'll vote for that Mr. Brewer. Not going to write reams till this site can be relied upon not to loose the b....y lot.

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Good footballers make good managers, don`t you think, Igno? Bad managers abound. If I may say so, Archie...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Ah, at the risk of exposing my decrepitude I think you want a Johnny Haynes or perhaps a Colin Bell to make the link.

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • On a personal level im not convince buddy! Last year the link between defence and attack didnt exist. Whether you blame Hughtons tactics, Johnson consistently passing the ball to the man in row J of the Jarrold stand, RVW not being strong enough, Bassong playing badly, Wes not playing at all, David Fox being ignored...etc that link between defence and attack just wasnt there. As a result RVW\hooper etc didnt get any chances made for them and got the blame as if its their fault, the defence was consistently under pressure as teams seemed to ghost through our sea of midfielders (Johnson, Howson, Tettey, Fer etc.) as if they didnt even exist. If its as simple as it was all Hughtons fault, then hopefully Neil can get the midfield working well and bingo, happy days, but I suspect its going to be harder than that. You need the right mix. I'd truly love a better version of David Fox. Someone who is happy to sit deep, come get the ball from the back four and supply it to those who can cause the damage from the wings and up front with the least amount of fuss. Never looking to get his name in the paper, or pick the MOTM up, just quietly got on with his job as a quiet, yet essential part of the team. Gary O'Neil would be a welcome (although not long term) addition to the side in my opinion. Mate of mine whose a season ticket holder at QPR said Gary O'Neil was key for them last season and really put a shift in. Great news to hear, if he hadnt of followed up with the next sentence that was "Karl Henry was amazing as well". I choose to unfriend him from my mobile phone device following that conversation.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Thank you Mr. 333 for the clarification. Would it be safe to assume that if, Fer stays, Tetty remains injury free and Howson recovers, everything in the midfield is rosey?

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Wouldnt say O'neil is cover more comp in central midfield. Tettey as much as I like him seems just as injury prone as Pilks, Fer appears on his way out and Howson is certainly starting the season injured. That leaves Johnson who isnt the most technically gifted central midfielder and Surman who isnt an out and out central midfielder but can do a job covering there if we are not playing the diamond or using him on left wing. Whether we play 442 or 433 we are rather light in that area and O'neil can play DMC, MC and RM. Handy player to have.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Surman may not be a hard tackler but he is very intelligent on the ball and his distribution is first class. Pleased to see he is in the squad. PS. Any computer geeks out there who can tell the Pinkun how to speed up their site and also how to stop it dropping out with such frequency?

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    goldie

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • So where does O'Neil fit into the equation? Is it as cover for Howson? Does that mean the injury is longer term than has been supposed? So many questions, so few answers.

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Surman will come back fresh and enthusiastic without need of detox from Hughtonism. Likewise, the two new strikers are uncontaminated. Add to that the youthful verve of Josh, a revitalized Wessi, and the banishment of Banquo`s ghost, things are brightening up. We do need a CB and an RB though, don`t we, Mattias? C`mon, you`re clearly `in the know`. Gizza hint...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • I would agree 333, but surely such transparency can have a downside too. If it is obvious to us, it must be even more so to those players not in the "inner circle". That's fine if your intention is to off load them all. That's fine also, but only if replacements are in the pipeline. If your squad is too thin, the Championship will surely find you out. So, perhaps the approach is a little naïve?

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • It's good to see Surman and Hoolahan playing with enthusiasm and commitment and full marks to Adams for affording them the opportunity to return to the fold. It's better hearing about these two than the constant offerings regarding RVW and Fer. They don't seem to be part of the squad at the moment let alone the team.

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    VictorM

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Its a simple concept. Adams over the top praises everyone he wants as part of the squad and brushes off questions about anyone he doesn't. Thats why its simple to work out who is part of his plans and who isnt.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 1, 2014

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