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Alex Neil - Norwich City new boy Steven Naismith was worth the wait

08:47 26 January 2016

Steven Naismith showed his class on his Norwich City debut. 
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Steven Naismith showed his class on his Norwich City debut. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +

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Alex Neil is pledging the best is yet to come from Norwich City new boy Steven Naismith after a sparkling debut.

Naismith scored and then earned a penalty converted by Wes Hoolahan but was unable to prevent the Canaries’ slipping to a 5-4 Premier League defeat to Liverpool.

Neil finally captured the Scottish international last week after a transfer pursuit which started the previous summer and the City boss admitted Naismith’s Reds’ display proved it was worth the wait.

“He is an intelligent player, he can play a number of roles, and if he can drop into those holes he can cause problems for the opposition and make life difficult,” said Neil. “He gives us a good link between the frontline and the midfield. Wes has been operating in there, but Wes always wants to come towards the ball and get the ball at his feet, whereas Steven will run off him and will make runs into the box which are really difficult to pick up, like his goal. He’s got a real good finish with both feet and he picks it up dangerous areas for the opposition. He’s also good in the air and I thought he had a real good performance.”

Neil was determined to land his man after a charm offensive.

“When we target a player we aggressively go after them and try to convince them this is the place they want to be,” he said. “When we are trying to get players in you don’t make one phone call. We tried to show him how much we wanted him and how much he would contribute to us.

“We knew the situation with his family, with a new baby on the way, and why it was getting postponed or drawn out. I think everybody has got their own things they need to deal with in their own lives and make sure it is right for them and their family. That is why we pursued him so heavily. I knew he wanted to come here and play for us.

“The one thing about him and what attracted him to us is he can play in a number of positions, a number nine, number 11, number seven or even a 10 he can occupy. Like every player he will have his own preference but more often than not he has been used at Everton as a 10 or on the left-hand side.”

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8 comments

  • Yes, original use was a proper oxymoron - the US take on post-Stalin Soviet diplomacy, which involved occasionally being nice, and was seen as having the same motivation as military aggression. Now used as a cliche...

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • @Mad Brewer, was the song lyric in your earlier posting intentional or dare I say it, are you really just an animal (although I do prefer the definitive Nina Simone original).

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • @B Inners, Kneel Donkeystar was Chief Exec in those days. He's crafted a fine career out of serial ineptitude. A bit like Ed Balls really. It's not what you know - it's who you know it about...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • Spot on B Inners. Whilst we all appreciate we have much more important issues to address, Carrow Road as a stadium frustrates me. The hotel fiasco which was planned during the tragic Doncaster era, and the ridiculous main stand, which wouldn't look out of place at some non league clubs grates with me. As a consolation the visiting supporters have only one eye sore to look at. At least on the field we have some decent players and a promising young manager. Long may this continue.

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    Bury Yella Fella

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • Doesn't that photo show what an ugly eyesore, waste of space that hotel is. A nice glimpse of Thorpe Hamlet for the River End. Just imagine how much more intimidating the ground would be with a few thousand more supporters. Never mind the lease runs out soon... well in a 140 odd years time anyway. Just shows what happened when we dropped out of the premier league the time before last.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • Thanks for your concern MGNdweller but no, I'm not feeling bruised! Just a bit contused. In the past I've had my posting monicker hacked\hijacked, plus abuse via various parodies of it. I've been accused of sympathising with IRA terrorists and of being a bully. As Barking Wise pointed out, I am pachydermatous. I'm just a soul whose intentions are good... offensively charming really. Everybody who has actually met me thinks I'm absolutely fabulous. On topic; early days but Naismith looks like a proper footballer. He should get on well with the likes of Wessi, M.B. O'Kani, O'Neil and Brady.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • I think, Brew, the technical answer is "yes". However, this could lead us pleasantly down the tortuous path between the thorny hedges of syntax, semantics and usage, a path from which Paddy does tend to stray. And why not, I say, given that we all seem to be in agreement about SN, so no need to stay on topic. On the other hand, are you just feeling bruised from the slings and arrows of that other thread?

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    MGNdweller

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • Is "charm offensive" oxymoronic??

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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