Norwich City defender Michael Turner insists transfer talk will not upset Canaries

Norwich City defender Michael Turner insists transfer speculation is not a major distraction. Picture: Simon Finlay. Norwich City defender Michael Turner insists transfer speculation is not a major distraction. Picture: Simon Finlay.

Monday, August 4, 2014
9:19 AM

Norwich City defender Michael Turner is confident the Canaries’ Championship promotion bid will not be blown off course by transfer speculation about some of Neil Adams’ squad.

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Ricky van Wolfswinkel looks set for a loan move to St Etienne while Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond continue to be linked with Premier League returns.

“It doesn’t unsettle the squad,” said Turner. “We have a strong, core group of players here who are fully-committed and ready to roll up their sleeves to do whatever it takes to have a successful season for the club. Of course there is going to be speculation about players leaving, that is football, but we just focus on getting ourselves fit and ready for the first game.

“Ever since I came to the club the team spirit has been excellent. It has got better as those two years have gone on and this year feels like the best it has been in my time.”

Turner has been a regular fixture during pre-season which concluded with Friday night’s 2-2 friendly against Celta Vigo where he started the game alongside captain Russell Martin before linking up with Ryan Bennett.

“You want to play alongside someone on a regular basis. Any defender would tell you the same,” he said. “It can be difficult, wherever you are on the pitch, to try and form that partnership if you are chopping and changing, but it is pre-season, you have to remember that, and of course the manager wants to use this time to look at different things.

“It was a good work-out. Probably the toughest we have had this summer. That is always good, that is what you want in the final game before the league starts. You need to test yourself. They showed at times just what a quality team they are. They are playing in a great league in Spain and you could see that in the way they moved the ball.”

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12 comments

  • My preference for team strip would be yellow and green, but as for being distracted by alternatives, I think any team that can get a decent result against opposition wearing pink boots, has my total backing.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • totally agree Mattais. Whilst I appreciate Martins effort, the guys pass completion rate is woeful. He causes his own team less problems out wide.

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    frankief

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Just an observation...I actually think it'd be more of clash wearing the away kit than the home yellow kit against Wolves!!! lol

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    YarcoYella

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Yes, it was haywire last week. I was only talking about today! You were late on parade.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Ah I gave up last week. Saying my post is in moderation for a potential hidden Naughty word I can handle and go back and check through when I have time. Last week however the site was horrid. Pages would time out and fail to load etc. Appears to be back up to normal service now though.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I was getting worried about you, Mattias... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • The way I was reading fan feedback on social media following the friendly friday, was yet again a majority were unhappy with Russell Martin at centre back. It appears Adams is deadset on Martin & Turner as a pair though considering the lack of game time Ryan Bennett has recieved (6 minutes in the last friendly). He's also been very quiet in terms of talk of brining in further defenders so I suppose we have to learn to love Martin & Turner as a pair. For me Martin is good at 'covering' centre back in an injury crisis but not someone I'd feel comfy with long term there. Im a big fan of Ryan Bennett. Played for England at nearly every level, Youngest ever player to captain boro, perfect attributes you'd want from a centre half and young, meaning plenty of time to improve further. If hes left sitting round on the bench another year it wouldn't surprise me to see him leave. Im expecting a young premiership defender to arrive on loan that can cover a few bases but thats about it as Adams seems pretty settled on a back 4 of Olsson, Turner, Martin & Whittaker.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Russell Martin at a seminar? The delivery of a tired soundbite usually fall to him. Perhaps he's earning a few bob as a ghost writer for the lads.

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    frankief

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Nought but weasel-words, methinks. I`m sure Michael`s a good ol` boy, and he`s just trotting out safe soundbites to order. But don`t take the supporters for eejits, even those who are. As Swiss says, team spirit under Hugh Trollderwood was not much in evidence, post Holt. To say it got better under Clueless Chrissy is calumny in reverse.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I am glad that Michael Turner thinks that the team spirit has been excellent since he joined the club, because it certainly did not look that way for a lot of last season. Things do seem to be looking up though.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I am with you on this point mate .... as I see it we should only need to change kit twice next seaon through colour clash - away to Wolves and away to Watford. However, the reality of kit deals is that Errea will want their pounfd of flesh for supplying the team strips and will need exposure to promote the change kits too. Most teams have it built into their kit deals to guarantee a certain number of appearances in the 2nd strip. Why else would the recent USA fixture see Man Utd wear blue against Inter Milan and Inter wear white?

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    Lucioperca

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • NCFC should play in yellow and green every match except where a colour clash requires a change. The players need to be totally tuned to the colour so their reactions are instinctive. Hesitations and split decisions make a difference

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, August 4, 2014

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