The last thing Steven Whittaker probably needs is a friendly in Luxembourg this week. The recalled Scotland international is a man in demand for club and country after a frustrating start to his Norwich City career when he suffered ankle ligament damage in a pre-season friendly at Celtic.

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Russell Martin’s own injury problems of late have thrust Whittaker firmly back into the first team picture. A steady senior debut in the Capital One Cup win over Tottenham has since been the precursor to an encouraging Premier League bow.

Against Stoke, he showcased his versatility on both flanks. In a goalless deadlock at Reading, the premium was always going to be on good defending. Jobi McAnuff’s minimal impact – one swerving strike aside – underlined Whittaker’s general effectiveness at the Madejski, but there was a fresh attacking dimension to his play which hinted at growing comfort within the City ranks.

The 28-year-old cruised into advanced positions as early as the fourth minute with a diagonal cross drifted just beyond Wes Hoolahan. Whittaker also earned Norwich their first corner with a goalbound hit that slammed against Kaspars Gorkss.

Late in the second half an intelligent link with Hoolahan was inches from dropping a ball onto Grant Holt’s head. The former Rangers man proves with each passing week what an astute piece of business Norwich managed to pull off in the summer.

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11 comments

  • Steveo looking like a good bit of business by us. What happened to the Gers "U O Me" 2 million quid note? Did we rip it up?

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    Timbo

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • I don`t often agree with the local scribblers. Apropos of nothing, Surman has opted not to join up with Saath Ifrika for the African Nations Cup. This could mean either A) He`s being lined up by Roy Hodgson, or B) The transfer window is open.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Indeed Putney. We all wish for a Skyfall on top of Steroo's fat napper....preferably a sky containing a 500lb incendiary bomb !

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    Timbo

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • a Ged Steroo, one for the ladies. powered by duracell, and first cousin to the rampant rabbit

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Oh - or James Bond. Or Austin Powers. Seems lots of people plagiarise that phrase. Still, no excuse for you.

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Whats your real name Ged, Im Mark I dont hide behind a false name, MBA Marine is my business trade name.

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Brewer, that will be option B then! but also I think this may be Surmans call as he has lived here all (most) of his life, he might feel out of place in the African cup.

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • The name's Steroo, Ged Steroo. Licensed to thrill. Thanks fans! Ged - One for the ladies.

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Hi everyone. My man of the match was the referee. He was the one that blew the final whistle and ended that quite awful, uninspiring excuse of a match. Ged - Men want to be me, women want to be with me.

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • "Stop the press" I actually agree with most of what Ged just said I couldn't pick a man of the match so i opted for 'Other' shame Trollie will not enter into real discussion, I do not want to be him though and i am male, I don't know who he is!

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Ged - did you know you can get in a little bit of trouble for plagiarism? Your oh so clever little quote about yourself is in fact a straight rip-off of Lee Child's own description of his all action hero Jack Reacher - in every single book (of which there are about 20). While I'm pleased for you that you've learned how to read, you really should be more inventive with your egoism...or, otherwise, just don't bother.

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, November 12, 2012

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