Poll: Steven Whittaker was our Norwich City Man of the Match against Stoke, who was yours?

Not only did Steven Whittaker fill in for Russell Martin at right-back, he then switched to the opposite flank when Javier Garrido departed. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Not only did Steven Whittaker fill in for Russell Martin at right-back, he then switched to the opposite flank when Javier Garrido departed. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, November 5, 2012
10:33 AM

Steven Whittaker has had to wait longer than most to prove his worth to Chris Hughton, but the initial signs appear hugely encouraging.

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The Scot certainly arrived with a pedigree to suggest he could operate effectively in the Premier League. Plenty of success with Rangers before the Ibrox club’s implosion and a regular member of his country’s international set-up underlined Hughton’s first summer signing could prove to be an excellent piece of business. An ankle ligament injury, at of all places Celtic Park, delayed his senior Norwich bow.

Sent into the line of fire for his debut against Gareth Bale and Tottenham in the midweek Capital One Cup win, Whittaker exuded calm assurance. More of the same was served up against Stoke, who pounded away in the second period.

Not only did Whittaker fill in for Russell Martin at right-back, he then switched to the opposite flank when Javier Garrido departed. In an ideal world, Hughton may wish to have given Whittaker a breather, but a double injury blow to his backline forced the Scot to play two 90 minute outings in four days after months out with ankle ligament surgery.

That tells you as much about Whittaker’s character as it does his undoubted ability. The limited effectiveness of Michael Kightly tells you another. Whittaker already looks a valuable addition.

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6 comments

  • i agree with you brew.but tettey was my m.o.t.i thought first half he was superb.reminded me of safri at his best.

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    bluelight

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • Looks like Wessi has it. Whittaker did play really well, though. As the season rolls out it is going to become difficult to decide on our Player of the Year. There could be so many candidates if these encouraging signs continue. I can see Tettey becoming a Canaries "Legend" if he carries on the way he is and stays with us. A colossal influence. Great buy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • Unmistakenly i maust say Wes because he is such a talented playmaker, now in the squad for ireland and just gets better more confident as the season goes on. I have compared him to george best and he certainly needs to be mentioned along side his name, a different era and football has changed so much. I just want him to score a few goals which i know he can easily do .

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    johnty

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • I was delighted when we got Steven Whittaker onboard. He's a damn good defender and when fully adapted to the Premiership, I think he'll be a very good addition to the squad. The same goes for Bassong & Tettey. These are quality players in positions where we desperately needed it.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • I think he has a bit more depth than Safri, bluelight. Remember "Moroccan all over the World"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

  • No surprise that when Wes plays, Norwich do well. Great to see Wes get a chance to shine on the international stage here in the Aviva Stadium next week as well. Tickets still available so I might go and cheer Wes on. SUPER WES!

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    RoadWarrior

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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