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Norwich City boss Alex Neil faces selection poser for Bournemouth visit

06:30 15 January 2016

Norwich manager Alex Neil may have to shuffle his pack again for the trip to Bournemouth. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich manager Alex Neil may have to shuffle his pack again for the trip to Bournemouth. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil does not share Sam Allardyce’s concerns a congested Premier League spell is putting the health of his Norwich City players at risk.

City’s league trip to Bournemouth this weekend will cap a run of six games in 28 days, a schedule which prompted Allardyce to claim top flight talent is being ‘flogged’ and the injury risk is now reaching dangerous levels.

Neil rested many of his key players for last week’s FA Cup third round exit to Manchester City, but the Scot must make at least one enforced change for the Cherries’ trip following Gary O’Neil’s red card at Stoke.

The likes of Youssouf Mulumbu and Graham Dorrans are potential central midfield options for Neil, who insists he has the squad depth to cope with both injuries and suspensions.

“If you look at the injury situation the only one we have had out for any length of time was Matt Jarvis and that was a contact injury,” he said. “I did see those comments but it is not as if it’s different this year to any other.

“The Christmas period is always jam-packed for football players but that is why you have a squad of 20 to 25 players, not 15. It is down to me as a manager to rotate and put players in.

“The one thing I am comfortable with is I feel I have 22 players I can put into the team at any given time and be competitive. The problem at times, perhaps, is we don’t have competition in a certain part of the squad so players need to play pretty much all the games and, for them, it can be a testing time but that is why we are trying to strengthen certain areas.”

Neil’s FA Cup rotation policy was designed to handle this week’s Premier League workload after a hectic festive spell.

“During the Christmas period we rotated as much as we could and the fact we have three big games now in a week means you have to utilise the squad,” he said.

“Irrespective of whether it was a cup game or not you would have concerns about three matches in a week because for the lads to play at their peak for three in a week, at this level with the intensity, is tough.”

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  • Ryan claimed to be trying to stop and not intending to push at all, but could still have been worthy of a yellow. GON was studs up, sliding out of control, might easily have broken a leg. No question it was rightly red carded! As for Dorrans and Mulumbu being adequate replacements for Tettey and GON? I've seen nothing from either to suggest they are? I think Mulumbu for Tettey, and ask either Howson or VOO to play deeper. I'd also restore Olsson and either Brady or Jarvis playing out-of-position on right flank, in preference to Redmond. Please Wisdom (or Pinto, if fit), instead of Martin.

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    Reg Breeze

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • I don't see the Gary O'Neil slide was even a yellow card, maybe a free kick at best ! Certainly no different from when Ryan Bennett 'shoved' an Ars*nal player into the TV pit at CR. That went unpunished and rightly so !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • MB. with "the owner where 68M is loose change" the bad buys on RVW, etc would not have prevented us getting the other players we needed when we needed them.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Now to sail against the wind, having watched the Gary O'Neil sliding tackle on a TV replay, I have to say, had I been NCFC, I would have appealed against the red card. We all know GO is extremely fast and given the camera angle he was trying to stop himself as he slid in. I would say the first part of him to make contact with the player was, let put it politely his nuts rather than his feet. I still think the Stoke players over reaction got him a straight red rather than a yellow. On another note it was great to be able to clearly see players numbers on that third option kit.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • That's why you buy quality players and have a bigger squad to cope!

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    dave123

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Hi, MichiCan. The irony is that some of the "big" money turned out to be poorly spent. Winkel and Hooper come to mind. That was £14m ish. Reportedly. Others, like the likes of Fer and Robert, worked out fine, as the club was able to offload them at a profit. We've also landed some value for money successes - Tettey, Howson and Johnson (free!) in particular. We'd probably profit on Redmond, too. Nothing compares to the Foulger & Fan subsidised purchase of Grant Holt! IFLGH.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • at the risk of upsetting a lot of people, but the fact that we have only spent 68M in 5 years and had to bring in money to do that is why we will never be a stable PL club with the current owners. Delia and co have done great for NCFC, but the "business" have moved on, and we now need an owner where 68M is loose change if we are going to be a permanent PL team.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Portaloo is a trade name too:-)

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Is "kn"bbly" on the Naughty Word Register?? Yes!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • On topic; Alex has to manage Tetts' kno bbly knees and his yellow card-count. It was looking like AT+GO'N were becoming the preferred central midfield pairing. Mulumbu and Dorrans should be adequate alternatives though, should't they?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • On topic; Alex has to manage Tetts' knobbly knees and his yellow card-count. It was looking like AT+GO'N were becoming the preferred central midfield pairing. Mulumbu and Dorrans should be adequate alternatives though, should't they?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Some words which were once trade names etc have indeed been absorbed into the English lexicon - "tarmac" is one such; an abbreviation of Tarmacadam. Perhaps "hoover" the most popular example of this, used as a verb, but the OED does not have it listed as a noun - other than as the proper noun and trade name "Hoover". It is rare for a respected gerontocrat, the likes of cutty, to be wrong on matters linguistic. Is there a "Wrong" anyway? Or "wrong"? As OTBC points out, the noun "escalator" derives from the trade name "Escalator" which, in turn, derives from "escalade" (climb a wall by ladder), modified in the style of "elevator". The verb "gerrymander" is an interesting one. Homework question: Ascension\ascension, from Latin "ascendere" exists, but "descension", from Latin descendere, does not. Anybody know why this is? As long as Norwich City avoids descension and achieve, instead, ascension, I`ll be happy. I hope that's not condescending... Sincerely; HAG. (Hilaris Antiquus Geront).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • █─█▐▌▀█▀ it on the head, exactly, plus the mega bucks TV deal next year will escalate wages too . . . . 'escalator' is apparently a trade name. Who knew? Brrrrr ✲*❄*✲**✲✲❄¨*✲❄**✲

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Goldie has hit it on the head.

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • It is not the transfer fee that is the main outlay but the wages for the next however long.

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    goldie

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Game is far less physical nowadays but far more athletic. It's probably twice as much running as the olden days. You may have played 2 games a weekend back in the day but I bet you were blowing by the time you hit the second one. These are elite athletes, they need proper recovery time to work properly

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • NCFC Boy, don't disagree with your comments. But don't forget the agents (p#imps) are also generally in the know. Several deals often hang on others beings done. If Hallar comes in that means Hooper & Lafferty gone so at least 3 agents in the know. Plus those at either Leeds or Sheff waiting for them to come in so others can leave.

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    Single Origin Coffee

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • So it looks like Everton managed to get Byram for 4 mil. Another prospect we missed out on. I wonder how that affects us with Naismith and Lafferty. No doubt Everton might be looking for some cash and I wonder if Leeds might spend some of that on Lafferty?

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    Single Origin Coffee

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • TK in addition there are factors which change the attitudes - players can no longer "retire" and claim a pension at 35 due to law changes, players are assets like the stadia and as such are insured. Using teh stadia analogy if you know a security door is broken and do nothing you'd not be covered for theft, with a player if you know of a minor injury you *may* not be covered for a serious - potentially related - injury. I may not like it but it's just the game we now have to accept.

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    DerbyCanary

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • I, like many of you I suspect, used to play two matches most weekends but never got any serious injuries such as a broken toe nail etc. Likewise, many pro's in the past would still play even when injured, one keeper played on with a broken neck for example. But back in those days the game did not pay the mega bucks we see today and any player who dropped out of the game, simply went out and found a normal job, he was going to have to do that in any case. However, today, the game offers such riches, a player has to put his long term career first rather than the club short term. Likewise, the game is much faster so all players have to push their body to the limit or they will not make the squad let alone the team if they do not. There is little doubt that if you pick up an injury it will slow you down even if it is only slightly, it is more likely to see you second to the ball and dropped out of the team as a result. However, if you admit you have a slight pull, you can get taken off, sent to the med room and then only return to the team when fully fit. Eadie was one of those who would rather play through the pain as an example and we all know his career ended far too soon.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Well well, W e d g i e is a trade name . . . one for all those ex-Hewett pupils out there !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Well well, Wedgie is a trade name . . . one for all those ex-Hewett pupils out there !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Nylon, of course . . . one of my faves ! Don't tell Mrs Custard, all hell will break loose 【ツ】

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • cutty . . . Tarmac, capital T. It's a t-t-t-t-trade name. "Tar-penetration macadam". Just like Frisbee . . . Velcro . . . Hoover . . . Jacuzzi . . . Kleenex . . . this could go on all day ! C'mon let's be having you peeps .............ʸᵉᵃʰᵎᵎ े ̡̡⍤⃝  ̢̢ेे ꒳ᵒ꒳ᵎᵎ

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Rumours are just that and put about by the media to keep our interest. We can only be sure we have a player when he signs on the dotted line. I agree with most of what OTBC says, including on the fitness & injury front, likewise I am sure his maths are based of mostly fact. However, given the vast income teams get, mainly from TV, you surely have to take that into account as well and given that this season is said to be worth in the region of £100 million the actual sums spent and gained by transfers become almost insignificant. The main point is, we need to bring in cover for certain areas, I really do not care how much a centre back costs as long as he is up to the task at least provides decent cover. I am convinced there are centre backs out there in the lower leagues as well as in Europe and even down under for that matter, that a decent scout could uncover and save us money, that is what he is being paid to do after all. I am just surprised that one was not found during the last three months so that he could have been signed as soon as the window opened.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • I must admit Lobbo OTBC does make me smile, it takes all sorts and I welcome his harmless humour. Also, Tommy you talk quite a lot of sense in your own individual way.

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    spanishcanary

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Back in the days when I was a wayward teenager and before I got a more profitable career, I shovelled tarmac for a living. Somedays we worked so hard that we shook with fatigue, but the next day it was up at 6.00am and off to work again, day in day out. I'm sure a fit young professional footballer playing two games a week for a few weeks 'aint easy, but lets keep it in perspective, it's performable, bearing in mind the opposition are doing the same.

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    cutty

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • There's no doubt that these boards are more enjoyable with someone like you on board, 'Ole Tommy Buster Custard', irrespective of whether you're ebbing or flowing.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • My pleasure Lobbo - Purchased Gross £68,275,000 as mentioned. Money received £32,650,000 and New investment £35,625,000. Which is why we've run such a tight ship in the last 5 years. It's all archived material, easily accessible. Gotta go, burgers don't flip themselves ᕙ(๏益๏)ᕗ

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Yes Tommy I will be "well happy". Because, with Pinto, Haller and the CB they have addressed the issues I and loads of other folks have been concerned about. If the players don't work out as planned that won't be the Board's fault cos at least they have tried this time. The fact that the money we got for Bradders, Grabban and will get for the strikers out should pay for all three of them (maybe Jarvis too?) and that is excellent business indeed. If NCFC had managed to announce Haller and Godfrey at the same time all yesterday's stuff would have been irrelevant. But news leaks out, of course and I didn't know about Haller till about 2000 last night via NewsNow so if ncfc boy knew he was in Norwich yesterday fair play to him.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Again Mr Custard you've impressed me, this time with your number crunching. I didn't realise we'd spend SO much. Any idea what we received in transfer fees over the same period? Re. your "MOG repellent cloak", generally mogs have been around many years and have amassed considerable knowledge, one the main downfalls of your cloak is it will be cutting off a valuable source of information. Oh, hang on, you will probably find most of your knowledge comes from mogs in the first place, and there by lies the rub!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Btw, heres a tip guys. Don’t believe those that have a “mate at the club” or a “Source at Norwich”. You want a bit of info on a transfer go to the transfer club, not the transferee. If someone at Norwich is leaking info they are stupid and about to get sacked or stupid and have been sacked. There are no cafeteria staff handing out knowledge to the press, no tea ladies. They don’t exist. If there’s a bit of gossip released about Norwich its because McNally wanted it released. Get your info from the other end of the transfer, its far less leaky.

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Aaahh, but is the rumoured CB a left footed CB? We all know your concerns over an injury, suspension, kidnapping or alien abduction of ᗷIG ᗷᗩᔕᔕ . . . . will you really be "ᴡᴇʟʟ ʜᴀᴘᴘʏ". Sorry, but the jury's out on that on ;-)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Theres a reason I get annoyed at people calling our board lazy and cheapskates and out of touch and not aware that we need a centre back and “Sitting on a pile of money”(Hilariously untrue). It’s because I know how hard they are working. It’s not a “I hope” or “I have faith” that they are working hard its a “I.KNOW” they are working hard. So you can stop throwing toys out of the pram now. Apology accepted Dingo.

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • New CB, new striker etc etc. If not we'll face certain doom yadda yadda. Nice hat Neil, bordering on 'trendy' if you will.

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Cheapskate can be used fairly on occasions. We all hear stuff Tommy, not just you. Not corruption though. With Haller and the rumoured CB (whether he be from Genoa or elsewhere - I'm sure someone knows who he is but I don't) I will be well happy. As the dynamic duo said yesterday, two strikers out and I think we can all guess which Clubs they will be going to. Should almost meet the price of the new CB, so excellent business indeed.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Armchair Fan: Most Sundays I used to play for my Club in the morning and for our "Press Gang" side on Hackney Marshes in the afternoon. But that was a lowly level of football in the 1980s and the afternoon game was little more than a kickabout, looking back. The guys who play professional football today are super-honed athletes and they really do need the recovery time because they push themselves to extremes. I played 6-a-side keeper regularly in my 40s in one of the UEA leagues and noticed how much sharper and fitter the younger players were compared to our lot back in the day. It is simply impossible for a footballer to play too many games in too few days these days. Hence the squad system. The "overpaid prima donna" line I can agree with to an extent, but when it comes to the sheer athleticism of the modern footballer prevention of injury is paramount and without rest hamstrings can go twang and other nasties can occur. Either the NCFC medicos have been extremely lucky this season or they have got it spot on. I believe it's the latter.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • "i rekon they've just spent that on delia books" is the new city man theory.... all those players and memories (Ahh wembley seems so far away in my cold Nottingham office)... were implanted by our board of master villians.... I can see McNally stroking a white cat now......

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    DerbyCanary

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Small fry Norwich have only spent £68,275,000 in the last 5 years before this window. I'm SO ashamed we're cheapskates. SO much corruption (sick) . . . . . all in a days work Derby. I have a MOG repellent cloak, nothing can penetrate that !٩(^‿^)۶ Whoop whoop !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • what I don't understand is (assuming haller is announced) we will have spent c.11 million pounds this window thus far - I don't think 'net spend' is a good measure. but as far as City Man advises us we never spend ANYTHING. EVER. Mainly due to the "korruption" (sic) and "cheapskate" nature of our board....... can someone please assist as this appears to be investment but I need the conspiracy theorists to help........

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    DerbyCanary

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • When I was a teenager, and daylight hours permitted, (and certainly at weekends) me and my neighbourhood mates used to play every day, and often twice in a day. Yet I do not remember ever be stopped by things like achilles and hamstring problems. We even occasionally played a version that we called 'fouly football' where everything went unchecked, such as rugby tackling, body checking. tripping, etc., but we still picked ourselves up and carried on playing (unlike the Liverpool player who is for sale because he is forever faking injury, or one of our signings who couldn't play because of a painful toe).

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    Armchair fan

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Quite true re recuperation. Trouble is Bournemouth have had a whole 24 hrs more rest than us and didn't do an hour with ten men. Interesting to see if Tettey plays.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Tommy's typically glib comment below just shows how many people overlook how fast and intense the EPL game is these days. Remarkable how much more high tempo it is than say, in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy etc. If the games were played at the sort of tempo they were indeed, Tommy, some years ago, then 3 games in 6 days would be no problem, but they aren't. Even the Arsenals, Man Citys, Chelseas of this world have to squad rotate for Champs Lge games these days.

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    Rick

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Lobbo the Haller one was all over NewsNow yesterday evening and probably earlier via Twitter which I do not participate in so I am sure Tommy is right. Archie will wait until the conference I would guess tho to announce it. There also seems to be a CB coming in the next few days - when that happens a lot of us can relax and stop moaning. Which will please Tommy and Inspector Morse, aka ncfc boy.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Thanks 'Derby', I wasn't aware of that.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • lobbo - you don;t register u21s? or I may have missed something. OTBC that has made me laugh - the MOGs will be chasing you soon.

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    DerbyCanary

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • A bit over the top Mr Custard. I do hope that this imminent signing that you have been harping on about isn't this u21 from Derby. I've just been on their site and I must have missed something, because I can't even see him as one of their registered players.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, January 15, 2016

  • There you have it, like I've been saying for the last 2 weeks, the schedule is intense. These athletes need 4 days recovery and recuperation time between games which is why we rest players. Back in the day, proper men could play 3 games in 72 hours with bruised and broken limbs apparently ͡๏̯͡๏﴿ O'RLY?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 15, 2016

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