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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is backing fit-again compatriot Steven Whittaker to shine for club and country.
The Canaries’ full-back has been drafted into Scotland’s latest squad for tonight’s friendly in Luxembourg after recovering from an injury-wrecked start to his Premier League career. Snodgrass may have been omitted from interim national coach Billy Stark’s set-up, but the 25-year-old believes Whittaker’s inclusion is good news all round.
“He’s been very unfortunate with injury and sometimes it sets you back, especially when he’s spent most of his career in Scotland and he’s come down to England and it’s been a tough start for him,” he said.
“But I thought he was terrific the last few games, especially with Russell Martin getting injured. He’s been called up for Scotland as well, so I’m delighted to see his career back on track. He can play some positions but I think he’ll be the first to tell you right-back or left-back is probably his best positions, and defending. He likes to get forward as well, so it’s a ‘Brucie Bonus’ for the team.”
Whittaker played a promiment role in Norwich’s last three league and cup games after suffering a long term ankle ligament injury in pre-season at Celtic. Glaswegian Snodgrass has had to manage his own niggling ankle problem during an impressive start to his City spell. The former Leeds midfielder believes his summer move to the Canaries was the perfect next step in a career that saw him courted by European giants Barcelona during his younger days.
“There was a foreign agent at the time that got in contact with Livingston and they said they spoke to somebody at Barcelona, then it just didn’t materialise,” he said. “I wasn’t really in their plans at the time. A new manager came in and that was the year I went out on loan to Stirling. I heard little snippets here and there from the chief executive at the time.
“It worked out well for me because I went out on loan and it was a case of getting some games. People always say about being young and getting that consistency, but you need to be playing games to get that consistency. That only comes by playing games and I found myself moving on to Leeds United from my last year at Livingston and now I’m here, so there are different chapters in your career. This one is going quite well so far so you’ve just got to keep working hard.”
Snodgrass has found it easy to settle into Chris Hughton’s squad after numerous lower league tussles with the Canaries during his Leeds stint.
“There is a great work ethic and a great belief around the place. There is no big time Charlies or players that get carried away with themselves,” he said. “This club is built on the success from League One and the Championship and when we played against them they were always a hard-working team. The boys have got a point to prove. They’re all young, hungry lads and we have to keep building on it.”
Chris Hughton deflected the praise for Norwich City’s battling 2-0 Premier League win at West Brom firmly onto his players after surviving a second half onslaught.