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Ivo Pinto can be a steal for Norwich City

Norwich City's new signing Ivo Pinto could prove to be value for money. Photo : Steve Adams

Norwich City's new signing Ivo Pinto could prove to be value for money. Photo : Steve Adams

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Alex Neil is convinced Ivo Pinto will prove the real deal at Norwich City.

The attacking right-back completed his switch from Dinamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee to become Neil’s second signing of the window, after sealing a permanent transfer for Matt Jarvis.

Pinto featured for Zagreb in the Champions League earlier this season and that pedigree is priceless to the Canaries’ chief.

“The one thing he will give us is real athleticism,” said Neil. “He is really quick and he has got good legs to get up and down that right flank. The fact is when you look at domestic players, in terms of the value for money, and you compare that with a guy who has played in the Champions League this season, played against Arsenal and Bayern Munich, been an under-21 international for Portugal and still has his best years ahead of him then really he ticks all the right boxes for us.

“One of the things which helped us sign him is that he was involved in the Champions League. We watched him in the flesh at Arsenal, when he played against the likes of Alexis Sanchez, and we watched him against Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich so we have seen him against a high calibre of opposition.”

Neil is keen to let Pinto adapt to the fast-paced football culture in England.

“It is important for him he acclimatises to the speed of the English game because it is very different from where he has come from,” he said. “Once he does that, he will be fine. He was registered in time to play in the FA Cup, however, he has only trained once with the rest of the team and Zagreb is just off the back of their mid-winter break as well, so its not as if he has come straight from playing a game last weekend. I think probably this week might be a bit early; maybe a couple of weeks.”

Neil rejected suggestions he is now top heavy in that area of his squad with Russell Martin, Steven Whittaker and Andre Wisdom all operating in the same position this season.

“Sometimes you have maybe five or six key areas to strengthen and perhaps a lower priority crops up and it comes to the stage where if you don’t strengthen you might have a problem,” he said. “Right-back is a position we have got some players there, but I feel we need to add a bit of competition. Russ can play at centre back, Andre can do that as well. It is all about making sure we are strong as we can be.”

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7 comments

  • YarcoYella, according to BeebGossip, via The Express, this morning, Everton have completed the transfer of Naismith to Norwich and are using the cash to buy half of a guy called Yarkolemon from Dynamo Kiev. Interesting phrasing that Everton sold him rather than we bought him. Everton a transitive club and Little Norwich intransitive? Active vs Passive? Agree with G_F_U & MY that we need a CB. Interesting that Alex used all 3 "centre backs" vs ManC. That formation creates a place for the skipper. To not strengthen at CB would seem to be folly. But ITMIT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • On the subject of striker's 'trev57'...I see it looks like with 'dipped' out yet again in our bid to get Afobe, with Bournemouth looking likely to sign him for £10 million tomorrow (what is it with the 'Cherries'...they seem to want everybody we've either got or are after???)...I read that our people were desperately trying to get hold of his (Afobe's) agent on Friday with no success...looks to me like they didn't want to do business with us for some reason...we just don't seem to sell ourselves or look 'attractive' to certain players or be able to close a deal out...needs sorting...or we're gonna miss out on others!!!...I just hope we're not hanging around for the circus that is 'Deadline Day'...I think we'll get Naismith in, once Everton finish this busy couple of weeks of games and Martinez has got a replacement and finds him surplus to requirements...with regards to a centre back, I also see Lamine Kone is now available again after Sunderland turned him down (I'd like to know why?? They really messed him about apparently...think the German they got in, must have worked out cheaper??)...so might be worth another bid...just hope we can get everything done and dusted quickly and early!!! OTBC

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    YarcoYella

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • I take it the champs league experience is needed for next season when Norwich finish fourth and of course end up in champs league, or is a miss print and should have read championship, Norwich badly need a goalscorer, its more important than any other position on the pitch, they need far more goals than they are getting, its OK stopping the opposition scoring but at the end of the day it's goals goals goals.

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    trev57

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • The comment that worries me is "Russ can play at centre back and so can Andre". Seems a bit of a cop out if we don't get cover in that area. Martin or Wisdom have not convinced me in that position whatsoever. And Bassong needs a rest. He's played practically every game so far since summer. I'm not expecting miracles but surely some cover must have been looked at?

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Stew . . . of course he's not playing today. You do know that Europe are on a break don't you? The guy's not "match fit". Looks quite "fit" so the Mrs and Miss says #25

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • If Pinto is going to be a first team regular than I think we might buy another RB in the summer. Wisdom will go back to Liverpool and Whittaker may even leave this window. That would leave Martin and he may struggle for a place now providing Bennett stays fit and we finally bring in another CB. This is a much needed buy, but long term we will still need more squad depth.

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    MellowYellow

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • …..One out!...One in!….On paper , it looks as if we have secured an improvement!….Axle seems to be a bit of a hoarder though in that pos 'iiiii' tion!….The ' i's ' have it!….The ' i's ' have it…..Will he get a run out today, just to get a feeling for the place?…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

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