Norwich City boss Neil Adams has only one World Cup wish

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer celebrates scoring the opening goal in the Netherlands' 2-0 World Cup group win over Chile. Picture: AP Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer celebrates scoring the opening goal in the Netherlands' 2-0 World Cup group win over Chile. Picture: AP

Friday, July 4, 2014
6:30 AM

Neil Adams’ one World Cup wish is to see his Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer return home unscathed.

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The 24-year-old’s goalscoring bow in the group stage win over Chile came at a cost when he was ruled out of the last 16 win over Mexico with a hamstring injury.

Fer is expected to miss Saturday’s quarter-final against Costa Rica but Adams is confident there will be no lasting impact on City’s pre-season build up.

“Our physios are speaking to the Dutch physios and hopefully he is fit to play a part if they continue to progress in the tournament,” said Adams. “It is not a bad injury but I know Leroy will be really frustrated not to have been able to push on and play in the Mexico game. To score in a World Cup I can only imagine how he was feeling and to score such a great goal, a crucial goal for a big country is fantastic for the lad and Norwich City to have that representation on such a global stage.”

Adams has had to ration his World Cup watching as he looks to ensure the Canaries’ hit the ground running.

“I’ll be honest I’ve not seen an awful lot of it because most of the 5pm kick offs I have been working,” he said. “The entertainment factor is certainly there. It’s probably the best World Cup because there hasn’t been one nailed-on winner. Every team at different stages has looked vulnerable, a lot of sides have looked excellent and that combination has produced so much good, attacking, end-to-end football. You are getting the odd mistakes as well which are all leading to goals.”

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15 comments

  • would not worry me to much if he went,he would sometimes become lazy in games and not track back to help out our overworked defence.He was not the only though!we need a box to box midfielder,someone who will run all day,defend,tackle,attack and score,Do players like that actually exist in todays game though?

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    tonyb

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • I hope we can hang on to Fer. Fer, Howson, Tettey - that was the best midfield trio we had last season, I thought. Add to it, now, Elliot Bennett. I disagree with those who think our main problems of 2013-14 were in midfield, at least when these three were fit and on form, I thought the main problems were a) Hughton's essentially defensive mindset (and the appalling decline of Bassong); and b) the inability to score goals. Neil Adams has my vote for going all out for strikers. As for Wes, the loyalty amongst the supporters is touching but even Lambert didn't use him a lot in the Premiership and I think on balance, at least for his own sake, he would be better off enjoying an Indian summer elsewhere.

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    canary tifoso

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • As a matter of interest, how many games did we win last season when Wes started? 6? 7? He took a huff as he wasn't playing, called the club (not Hughton) some very childish names then didn't contribute much when Hughton panicked and picked him. Adams clearly doesn't rate him so I'm afraid his best Norwich days are behind him. At least Snodgrass showed enthusiasm and effort when he was picked. I would not have picked him again after his pathetic display at Villa.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • ....Wes who?...Paul Who?....Any player can only 'turn it on ' if he is selected to play....like what Robert was able to do!.....Much Input!....Little output!..... It will be fascinating to follow his progress with Hull!....Headlines 'Snodgrass was man of the match', but they lost!.....Ring a Bell?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • PaulWho

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • You've got it right gold, we need players with passion week in and week out not just when they feel like it.

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    cutty

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I would like to see Fer departing in the Summer. Bradley of USA would be a good replacement.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I'll admit, im likely his biggest fan, but that was only because I saw what he could do before we even talked of signing him. I think too many fans fall into the pattern of only remembering the last few months of the season. Start of the season he was earning great reviews. He earned many MOTM awards and looked strong in the middle. IMO He, Tettey and Howson worked extremely well together, each complimenting there own attributes and what they brought to the team (sadly we saw that trio very little due to various injuries to all). After he got injured Adams admitted they rushed him back but it was because the team needed him so badly to try stay up and we saw anything but the best from Fer, which is ultimately what fans remember. Same can be said for Snoddy. Everyone forgets the woeful displays at the start of the season, yet remember the passion & effort he put in at the end which is what stays in peoples minds. I really believe a fit Fer can run riot in the Championship. For his size hes obviously strong but shocks a lot of people with how good and comfy he is on the ball. Hes a really down to earth, caring bloke off the field as well. Fingers crossed he's here passed the transfer deadline as I have this strange feeling thats where we will lose him, rather than before the season starts. Got to get myself out of this mindset that we are the defensive underdogs trying to draw 0-0 every game. We are a relegated Premier League side, we are now the side everyone else should be looking at saying "can we park the bus against them". Down to us to be on the front foot.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I'll admit, im likely his biggest fan, but that was only because I saw what he could do before we even talked of signing him. I think too many fans fall into the pattern of only remembering the last few months of the season. Start of the season he was earning great reivews. He earned many MOTM awards and looked strong in the middle. IMO He, Tettey and Howson worked extremely well together, each complimenting there own skills and what they brought to the team (sadly we saw that trio very little due to various injuries to all). After he got injured Adams admitted they rushed him back but it was because the team needed him so badly to try stay up and we saw anything but the best from Fer, which is ultimately what fans remember. Same can be said for Snoddy. Everyone forgets the woeful displays at the start of the season, yet remember the passion & effort he put in at the end which is what stays in peoples minds. I really believe a fit Fer can run riot in the Championship. For his size hes obviously strong but shocks a lot of people with how good and comfy he is on the ball. Hes a really down to earth, caring bloke off the field as well. Fingers crossed he's here passed the transfer deadline as I have this strange feeling thats where we will lose him, rather than before the season starts. Got to get myself out of this mindset that we are the defensive underdogs trying to draw 0-0 every game. We are a relegated Premier League side, we are now the side everyone else should be looking at saying "can we park the bus against them". Down to us to be on the front foot.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Posters keep saying Fer is too good for Championship, I beg to differ, several times last season he was brilliant and several times he was rubbish. What is needed in the Prem. is players who consistantly perform week in and week out.

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    goldie

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • .....We did have another goalscorer, I believe!....Name of Yobo!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Here's hoping our Dutch maestro stays with us, after all he's only a short hop over to Amsterdam from Norwich airport, practically living in his homeland. Should he leave, then thank you Leroy for drawing the worlds attention to our Norwich City World Cup goal scorer ............. kerching kerching kerching

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • For me we still need a couple of quality centre midfielders. I'm not sure Tettey is committed enough after his recent comments. Fer has too much quality for this league and will be off after the World Cup. I'm not convinced Hoolahan is committed either and Howson isn't consistent enough. Our main problem last season was the midfield. They failed to create enough chances and didn't protect the back four. For me we really didn't have a leader as captain. An older more experienced player everyone respects who's shouting directions. Someone like a Lampard to control midfield and dictate play. Instead we had too many individuals with too big an ego all shouting at one another.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • He won't be with us for long lets face it. He's too good for this league. Fer playing an away game to Rotherham, I doubt it. I do like NA comment "attacking, end to end football"! Shows his intent for next season.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • All the best Mr Fer

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

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