July 23 2014 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Neil Adams insists Norwich City’s summer recruitment drive is not solely focused on attracting fresh firepower.
The Canaries missed out on Coventry City striker Callum Wilson, who is poised to seal a move to Championship rivals Bournemouth, after holding talks with Norwich and the Cherries. Adams has already brought in front duo Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty but the City boss will not neglect the rest of his squad.
“We are looking defensively, we are looking in midfield,” he said. “Probably the strongest area at present is in midfield with the players we have got if you look at the squad.
“We said all along the priority was looking at the front end of the pitch - mow, that is not to say we will not look to bring in a midfielder because you always have to be ready if a player leaves. It can happen quite quickly, as I have already learned with Robert Snodgrass. I have to be prepared and we will be ready to go.
“I don’t want to talk about particular names but I have been in virtually every day this summer working on that.
“When you have been relegated you have to look at the squad and get the right players for the right positions. We have spent hour after hour doing that and we are delighted to start with two strikers.”
Wilson’s desire for regular first team football is believed to have tipped the balance in the Cherries’ favour with Adams insisting he is no rush to off-load any strikers.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean because we have brought in two forwards, two have to leave. I want to keep everyone here if I can,” he said. “The reality is you might not be able to keep everyone because they all can’t get a game. People may assume players have to leave. They don’t. They are here for pre-season and they will all look to compete. Of course, there might come a time when perhaps one or two want to leave. As the manager of this club right now I want them all fighting for a place in the team and that is what pre-season is all about.”