Chris Hughton believes Robert Snodgrass could prove to be Norwich City’s not so secret Premier League weapon.

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The City chief set up his side at Hull in midweek to trial Snodgrass in a central attacking midfield role deployed off lone frontman Grant Holt at the KC stadium. The Scotland international was again a creative influence during the Canaries’ best spells following his impressive debut at MK Dons prior to the weekend, and Hughton is convinced he can inflict plenty of damage on Premier League defences.

“We played Robert in a position he has played before and he did it very well,” said Hughton. “Predominantly in his career he would have played more games on the right-hand side of midfield, but it was something I wanted to have a look at and a new shape. I was delighted. I know he can play that role because he is a good player and he has played there before – he is a player that likes to get on the ball but he will work for the team as well in that position. Certainly he is a player that can play there for us.”

Snodgrass and Michael Turner were Hughton’s latest summer acquisitions and the City boss has confirmed the homework continues on attracting potential further recruits in the closing weeks of the transfer window.

“The process of strengthening the team, strengthening the squad is an on going process,” he said. “We have right up until the end of the month and we will endeavour to strengthen where we can. I have continually said it but it has to be right for this football club and the right players.

“You are always conscious of things like injury and you need strength in depth. Certainly in the forward areas we have got a lot of strikers. Possibly there are one or two other areas where if we had an injury we might be struggling. If we can do something, great, if not we have a group of lads at this football club who have fared very well.”

City’s pre-season injury concerns appear to be receding ahead of tomorrow’s friendly finale against Borussia Monchengladbach at Carrow Road. Steven Whittaker will definitely miss the opening weeks of the Premier League campaign with ankle ligament damage, but Jacob Butterfield and David Fox have stepped up their return to full training. Elliott Ward and Wes Hoolahan rested minor knocks for the trip to Humberside, although Hughton is hopeful they will return to training prior to the Germans’ visit.

“Wes got a little knock in training on Monday but it is minimal so we decided not to risk him. The same with Wardy as well,” he said. “It is always a difficult one for a manager because you are more concerned about players picking up injuries in pre-season, but by the same token you are looking to start the season well with a full compliment of players. We want as many as we can up and running by those first few weeks.

“Steven Whittaker is still going to be a few weeks, but that we knew fairly soon after he did the injury. The good news with Jacob Butterfield, who is another we took with an injury and knew he was perhaps four or five weeks behind, is that he has now trained with the group. We have got David Fox back training now, who is also a little bit behind. It’s normal to pick up a few injuries; you just hope not for a long period of time.”

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23 comments

  • "Complement" not "Compliment". Homonyms, not synonyms.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I am concerned that Hughton thinks that the quantity of strikers equates to quality. You can have fifty five strikers but, if they haven't got the quality they won't score the goals. See my comments re. Morison at MK. I though Snodders showed potential at MK but Hooligan just seemed to slow the play down there and at P'boro', sometimes losing the ball when a pass would have been better. His twisting and turning can look nice but maybe Trapattoni knows what he is doing?

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    Sprowstonboy

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Reading between the lines no strikers coming in and possible full back cover and thats your lot,was hoping for a bit more but time will tell,got tickets for Fulham game and as I live in the South will have to sit with Fulham support and cheer quietly!

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    canaryjon

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I am concerned that Hughton thinks that the quantity of strikers equates to quality. You can have fifty five strikers but, if they haven't got the quality they won't score the goals. See my comments re. Morison at MK. I though Snodders showed potential at MK but Hooligan just seemed to slow the play down there and at P'boro', sometimes losing the ball when a pass would have been better. His twisting and turning can look nice but maybe Trapattoni knows what he is doing?

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    Sprowstonboy

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Vaughan didn`t get a minute on the pitch today! What is occurring??

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • No thanks Brewer. We never have the best luck with CB's over 30, and I don't think he would improve the squad. I believe we looked at him one or two seasons ago, and decided against it. If we bring players in, they should be better than those we already have, not making up numbers. We've done that with CH's first four, lets not change it.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Snodders is gonna be a quality player for us. Wonder where Wes now fits in, if this is CH's thinking? I think all our signings so far have strengthened the team and squad, but still believe another striker would help us greatly. Still also need cover at LB, but apparently about 6 PL teams are looking for one of those at the moment...

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • "We have got a lot of strikers". Expect no new recruits there, then? Or is The Sultan of Serenity playing it cool? "one or two other areas......where we might be struggling" Full-back, for instance? Or even CB now Ayala`s gone and Barney was well out of favour last season. Cafu was preferred to Titch Ward for the last couple of games, but we need him for RB, at least until Whittaker`s fit. Interesting times. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Supposedly, we've got 5 strikers but you can count the goals that 3 of them have scored between them in the last 12 months on one hand. My patience with C Martin has long run out. At the back, do we really believe Francombe, Barny, Ward and Lappin are all Premiership material? More 'quality' is still required if we want to progress.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Apropos of nowt, the Daily express reports that the Premier League is "looking into" it`s own system of Financial Fair Play. Is this crypto-speak for side-stepping the issue so that the Chelskis & ManCs can carry on buying success with dodgy "Sugar Daddy" money? If that continues unabated, football will be fatally poisoned. It may already be.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • No thanks Brewer. We don't have the best luck with CB's over 30, and I don't think he would improve the squad. We should sign players who are better than, or as good as, what we already have, not making up numbers. We've done it with CH's first four signings, lets keep on that track!

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I`ve been trying to stop worrying, CliffyD! Ironically, for a man of that pseudonym, blackdog2 has cheered me up a bit by trying to get the message boards "mended". Who can guess what Hoots is up to? He`s spent about £5 - 6 million of his "war chest", once reported as being £14 million, but only Hoots, McGnarly & Co. know the facts. We certainly need full-backs. A fresh striking option too? That could yet be provided by "Pitbull" Vaughan. If he stays fit. If he STAYS!. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Sweet-oiled 2X2. Complements (sic) to die Grosskontrolleren. Their intervention has complimented (sic) my enjoyment of the day. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Fair comment, Ghanawin. I know nothing about this player other than he is the last-but-one player to leave the stricken Portsmouth and has played 60-odd games for the Israeli National team. Mourinho once signed him (for Chelsea?), so he will be well accustomed to film-star wages! Thought he might be a punt for a season as FB>CB cover until Dani comes back. Assuming he does. Ref getting in players "better than we already have", I`m not totally convinced about Whittaker and young Cushie Butterfield has a bit to do yet. But I do have faith in Hughton.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • canarydownunder is right. we have a very fragile defensive resource. We will be found out....... Striker-wise we are too dependent on Holty and even he has human frailties - he might even pick up an injury one day. Or even get sent off (perish the thought). Our main hope is that Vaughan is past his injury blight and can fulfill his early potential. Big ask. The others have yet to prove they can really cut it. I am getting worried........

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • I imagine Hoots would really rather start the season with a full COMPLEMENT of players? I suppose "compliment" is a homonym, so we cannot blame Hoots for his spoken word. Compliments to the proof reader! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Not allowed to reply, Ghanawin. I was only punting a possible stop-gap thing while Whits gets fit & we await Dani`s return (if he does return).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Sprowstonboy, I think they may have exported me a "virus". Keep getting "programme not responding" when trying to contribute. Sinister.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • I agree Ghana, there may not be room for both Hoolahan and Snodgrass in the same team.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Intersesting but worrying MB, would love to know who is on CH's "wish list".

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    CliffyD

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Ha! Duplicate entry again. Not my fault. Only pressed it once and the second one took longer to appear. Perhaps Archant have got a clone virus in their compooter. If so could they feed Grant Holt to it?

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    Sprowstonboy

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Snodders will be a quality player for us. Wonder where Wes now fits into CH's thinking? All our new signings have improved the strength of the team and squad, but would still like some extra firepower please, and cover at LB.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Tal Ben Haim has finally departed from Portsmouth. Good pedigree, Israeli International. 30 yrs old. May be glad to get a club - as long as he doesn`t expect £36K a week!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

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