Neil Adams urges Andrew Surman to sign up to the Norwich City cause

Norwich City's Andrew Surman is being urged to pledge his long term future to the club. Picture: Matthew Usher. Norwich City's Andrew Surman is being urged to pledge his long term future to the club. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
9:36 AM

Neil Adams wants Andrew Surman to swell the growing ranks of his Norwich City squad pledging their futures to the Canaries’ cause.

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Ryan Bennett and Wes Hoolahan have both signed new longer term deals in recent days and ahead of the Championship opener at Wolves on Sunday, Adams admits Surman is another on his target list.

“It’s exactly the same thing. He knows I want him here. He is the type of player we need and he has featured heavily in the pre-season games,” he said. “He is another one we would love to come on board for the long term. You don’t want players who you feel are going to be a part of things running out of contract. I knew all along of course things were in the pipeline with those other lads, but you don’t want to be discussing those things because it has to be internal and private.

“Ryan has signed, Wes has signed and that is fantastic news for us going into Wolves and there will be others we are dealing with as well. I have said all along we need to keep as many as we can. Wes is a perfect example how things can turn. We all know what surrounded him in the last transfer window but now he is happy enough to put pen to paper on a new deal. If he wasn’t happy here he wouldn’t have done that.”

Adams is still targeting fresh recruits to join the likes of Lewis Grabban, Kyle Lafferty and Gary O’Neil, rather than sanction departures, after Anthony Pilkington was linked with a move to Bolton this week.

“I can say there is nothing in that,” he said. “The difference between enquiries and speculation and firm bids is so far apart. There are 100s of those sort of things. As and when there are bids that are acceptable to us we will follow those up. Of course I would like to bring in more players and we still have 23 days or so left. I have that up on my wall in my office and I tick the days off to the transfer window closing.

“There are plenty of enquiries, in and out, but for every 100 you can expect 99 to come to nothing. I am pleased with Kyle and Lewis and Gary. Those three will add to the squad and that is the philosophy for the final three weeks. To improve what we already have here.”

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  • That`s right, VictorM. If Surs does not extend his contract, he will be a free agent next summer (I think). So, he could hedge his bets, stay with, and be paid by, Norwich just for this season. Then he could join Bournemouth on a "free" with his agent able to perhaps strike a slightly better deal for his salary? If he signs, he could find himself in a promotion team, a relegation team or something inbetween... My guess is that Neil knows Surs will sign, and it looks good when he does - because it looks like some sort of victory\achievement for NA. Good PR. I can`t help feeling Surman woluld like to be back on the South Coast, though. Can Bournemouth match his salary with their low attendances? Do they still want him? What`s happening with Fer & Tettey? In short, like everybody else, other than the "insiders", I don`t know!! All will be revealed in due course. I think part of Surs` problem in being left out was the recurring problem with his knee injury. Then Hughton blighted the scene. Andrew did play 35 matches for Bournemouth last season, so he should be OK now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • You can understand Surman if he is reticent to sign a new contract. After all the last time he signed a contract he was almost immediately left out of the team and squad and spent a while drifting about on his own. He then has a loan at Bournemouth and made a success of that. Then Norwich welcome him back and he's treated properly and given a chance. If he signs a new deal will history repeat itself leaving him high and dry again.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Go forth and cut a dash, dear boy...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Haha- I'd totally forgotten about that M.B., yes that was yours truly! 'Ctrl + a' then 'ctrl + c' in quick succession selects\highlights, then copies typed post which can save pulling one's hair out with frustration over losing lengthy, carefully worded posts, if said comment disappears a la internet-esque evaporation.. It's a simple paste (ctrl + v) job instead of rage quitting at the thought of starting again. A technique that has become habitual for me when sending emails after a few painfully annoying instances when the 'send' button humorously decides to function as a 'refresh' or 'delete' toggle instead. Ho-hum! Thanks for the welcome and kind words. Seems it's either transcend when stuck in the proverbial or keep mouth shut! Next personal aim, attempt to learn a dash more objectivity... :)

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • NCCanary....i would like to see Redmond on the right wing as he is right footed. I like Pilks but he seems to be injured more often than not and Murphy is still very young. Olsson can do a job on the left of midfield, but will he be here once the window shuts? I think that, if we go with a diamond, Surman is as natural a choice on the left hand side as Wes is on the tip. I say this as he has just spent a season as CM for Bournemouth and the left or right of the diamond is ideal for players who can combine wing play with the central playmakers job. However, if we are playing a 451 or 42121 type formation, Pilks Redmond or Murphy would be the more natural fit on the left as pacey and\or attacking wingers.

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    CanaryDan

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Welcome back, Scrimmage! I think it was you that taught me the secret of the back\slash. Or something... Might`ve been CTRL-C or some other computer thingie. Anyway, thanks for it. "Life`s all you`ll get; you have to love it. When stuck in s**t, just rise above it". :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • We'll have to wait and see where Surman ranks with the likes of Redmond, Pilkington, and Josh Murphy all competing with him for a place on the left wing. Many people have made the point that left midfield is the position that suits Surman best and that he would be less effective as a central midfielder. That seems fair to say. One has to wonder if he will be waiting to see how the pecking order plays out, as he is getting older and he said himself that wants to be getting as many games as he can. Here's a few questions for my fellow fans: Where do you rate him amongst the ranks of the other players who can play on the left of midfield? Would you play him ahead of Redmond or Pilkington? Do we know enough about Josh Murphy to say whether he or Surman deserve more minutes? Personally, the choice between Surman and Redmond seems a tough one with Surman being more of a playmaker and Redmond being more of a an attacker. As far Pilks goes, I'd give Surman first crack but Pilks can get some goals when he's on his game. Lastly, Murphy is an intriguing player who hasn't seen enough minutes of high-level competitive football for me to decide how much he should play, and I'm intrigued to see what Adams decides as far how much he plays. If we didn't have so many players for the wings then he would be near first choice and I would be comfortable with the kid getting his shot. However, with the proven players we have there, I'm conflicted about how much the kid should play. Maybe he could prove to be the better option, maybe he's slightly behind the rest. I have no clue.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Scrimmage Canary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Hello everyone. Long time not posting, too depressed for both footballing and non-footballing reasons, but sweeping that all aside EXTREMELY excited about the opening game tomorrow and seeing how we line up. Surman is a fantastic team player IMO and would definitely like to see him stay. 'We only hate wolves and ipswich!!' Would love to stuff them but it'll be a tough game for numerous reasons. OTBC! Hello to Mad Brewer, always like reading you posts

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Nich is absolutely right about Surman and so is Trevor Keith - I loved his "Players assumed to be better for the Premiership" Hughton was not up to scratch (I was among many in these columns calling for his head in January) not Andrew Surman. His passing ability, his unselfish teamwork (which often goes unoticed) his poise when on the backfoot that is what we may get IF he signs. He was dustily treated by NCFC and went to Bournemouth on loan where that highly personable and experienced managerr Eddie Howe treated him like an able footballer. Of course he's thinking things over - would'nt you? I make no bones about it - I admire him - I wrote to him on his return saying how much a number of us missed him and expressing the hope he would sign a new contract.Now we wait, hope even pray!

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    mardler

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Blocked. That streak was followed by a 21 game run with 4 wins - including the freebies from WBA & ManC. For good measure, Villa did for us 4-1 in the League Cup. At home...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • makes sense TK! OTBC!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Yes indeed, Matt. Those 22 points could easily have been 10 or even fewer. In the 4-3 vs Swansea and the 2-1s vs Sunderland & Wigan, Norwich established leads only to go back into defensive mode, get the jitters and nearly give the points away. Hughton basically lived off that tenuous run of success for the rest of his miserable career at Carra. After that run we embarked on a 8-match winless run, from which we gleaned 4 points and a 5-0 thrashing from Liverpool along the way. Including a 4-1 thumping from Villa in the League Cup, Chrissy engineered a losing streak of 5 games, conceding 13 goals and scoring 6 (inc 3 in a defeat by ManC). After that came the run-in of 12 games: 4W - 3D - 5L. 16F - 19A. 15 pts. This included the "WBA\ManC on hols" games. Aided and abetted by much Happy-Clappery, this was enough to convince the Board to stick with Hapless Hughton. All old stuff - but "lest we forget...".

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • GD, You are probably right in that Surman first fell from grace because of an injury but the point I was trying to make is that having once been loan out when we were in the Premiership, I could not blame him for waiting for a while to see how things play out at the start of this season. If he once again finds himself bench warming and getting little game time, who could blame him for either sitting on his current contract or seeking game time elsewhere. I personally like him on the left of a diamond but there are alternatives, even Garrido played well there once. Likewise, Pilkington fit and on form is possibly a better out and out left winger so there is competition for places and not everyone can play. Mind you the transfer window has time to run so there could be further changes in the team yet.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • ah thats it Brew! Knew it was full of close wins and draws etc. Always remember feeling slightly underwhelmed when others were getting carried away, It was a time when Snodgrass could actually deliver the ball from corners and we won a lot of games thanks to a set piece goal.

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • I agree Kangaroo. BTW, Surman wasn't dropped by anyone. He got injured and was out long term and by the time he got back, the team had changed, competition fierce and he needed game practice to get back up to speed and he wasn't going to get that here in the prem, according to him, and a loan away would help. Turns out Bournmount wanted a whole season rather than 3 months and he opted for that. OTBC!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Is it appropriate for Adams to be revealing this information? Now everyone knows Surman is reluctant to sign a new deal. Maybe Adams is showing his inexperience here?

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    Kangaroo Court

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • That 10 game unbeaten phenomenon was 6W, 4D. 14F - 8A. 22pts. It included 4 clean sheets and all 6 (six) wins were by a one goal margin, 3 of them 1-0. The out of character result was a 4-3 win away to Swansea. After going in 3-0 up at half-time, we were rescued from a Michu equaliser by the referee taking pity on our overwhelmed goalkeeper, Bunn. In scoring our 4th goal, Robert effectively scored the winner (a bendy free kick). Swansea still came back from 4-2. Michu`s earlier disallowed effort would`ve levelled the scores at 3-3. It was almost like a Lambo game! Beating Ar$enal and ManU 1-0 were other highlights.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Just Wiki -ed. 35 games.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • They`ve corrected the photo, tonyb. Fee is going to Kristan Reed, who spotted it first. On Surman; he did have some recurring problems with a knee injury, which didn`t help his cause. He did play about 30 games at Bournemouth last season, so perhaps that`s in the past?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • The Bloater you've got me started now!!! here weeee go! IMO Lambert and to Board got this club into a fantastic placing. Back to back promotions was an achievement few could follow. Lambert wasnt a tactical mastermind but he was a superb man manager and when left alone to get players 'he' wanted he got the very best from them and then moved them on (See McNamee, Oli Johnson,). Similar to how Van Gaal is approaching the Utd job, he wanted players who could fit his outlook on how the game should be played and anyone who didnt agree were gone! It worked. We massively over achieved and deserved the success we got. Why Lambert left is a totally different debate but i've always kind of understood why Lambert felt he needed to leave. His stock was at its highest, villa was another club similar to us when he took over, that was at an all time low and he felt he could repeat his exploits with us. Hasnt worked out of course, but either way he left NCFC in a fantastic state, squad wise & money wise. Most importantly the fans were the happiest i've seen the Carrow Road faithful in a long time and being treated to entertaining football full of chances that you really dont mind paying out top money to witness. While it would have been hard for anyone (including lambert himself) to top what Lambert did, The foundations were in place for someone to come in and sustain and build on what he had achieved. Instead Hughton rolled up with his wrecking ball and demolition team of backroom staff and set about demolishing EVERYTHING the board and Lambert had built. From staff changes to player sales to fan morale. The whole lot went out the door. Yes you cant always be treated to pretty, free flowing, exciting football but we got nothing. Maybe a 10 game run that saved his bacon in the first season (mostly containing draws) but that was the only highlight of the Hughton era. He destroyed all the good work of those before him. So much change in such a short time will never work. No wonder players like Grant Holt were so vocal in trashing Hughton and his style of football. Anyone enough of that! Adams strikes me of someone polar opposite to Hughton which is a massive positive before we start. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • looks like surman to me!Be good if he signs,another left footer!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Trevor-Keith - Not always true. Surman did well in the Premier League in the first season back up. The problem for him was his style didn't match Hughton's style (defensivedrabboring), so he was dropped. I didn't know many NCFC fans who thought Surman wasn't up to the Premier league standard.

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    Nich

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Agree with you TK I have always said Houghton sold, loaned or messed about too many of the players that got us to the prem and brought in so called better players who just did not have the same passion. George Burley did exactly the same in his second season in the prem with Ipswich and the same thing happened to them.

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    The Bloater

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • I see a `Diamond` with Johnson (Tettey?) at the base, Surs left central, O`Neil (E.Bennett?) right central and Wessi at the `tip`. Behind Lafferty\Grabban (Hooper?). Tactical\substitution options with our quick young wingers, Josh & Nathan. I sort of assume Fer will be off. Pilks may be another option - perhaps as a striker? Loza is unknown territory, really, just now. Back 4 does need a RB & CB...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Seems Archie has seen the error of its ways! Javier Garrido though....never thought he was that bad of a player and don't think he has ever let us down. I'm sure he will get more of a look in this season. Same with Surman who I have always liked and thought would provide us with more options had we kept him with us last season. I think his 30+ games in this league last year will have been food for him and he is a player I think could do big things for us this season. I agree Matt that he could do a good job on the left but its nice that we have some versatile utility players in the squad (Surman, O'Neil and Olsson spring to mind) so plenty of formation possibilities for Adams to consider this year.

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    CanaryDan

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • New picture!! That was quick, Archie!! Timed at 10.22 am. Is that really Andrew Surman, or a `lookalike`?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Mattias on Saturday!! A new publication. Wife away with the kids, Matt? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • I wish this Surman thing could be resolved. He is a good team player, and did well enough for us under Lambert. He has `roots` on the south coast, and I cannot help but think Bournemouth may be his personal desire - and that of his family. Sure, we`ve brought in O`Neil, but he`s a different sort of player, and a "righty" while Surs is a "lefty". I suppose, if Surs lets his contract expire in 12 months time(?), he could play a season for us then decamp to Bournemouth for free? But would Adams want to use an uncommitted player in preference to others? Just sign, Andrew! Of course, it may just be another bit of media puff to fill the page. Well spotted, Kristan! ;-) As TK implies, players may have that niggling doubt they`ll be jettisoned if they succeed. Not a great motivator. It happened to old Malky twice!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Archie strikes again...own goal. That is Garrido not Surman but hey ho, they are both left footed. It will do. I like Neils quote saying "I knew all along of course things were in the pipeline with those other lads"...shocking Neil. How dare you fool us idiots. ;) You had us fooled. Glad Surman is back in and involved. Done well in Pre-season. Technically a very good player but the quotes I read from Surman gave the impression he wants to play Left Midfield like he did for Southampton for so long. (IMO I agree as not overly keen on him playing Central midfield)

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • The problem for all players however, is if we get promoted again this season, they will once again be replaced by players assumed to be better for the Premiership. Surman was instantly dropped from the squad last time, would it be any different under Neil.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Errrr, that's a picture of Javier Garrido.

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    Kristan Reed

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

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