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Norwich City new boy Steven Naismith fit to make debut against Liverpool

11:03 22 January 2016

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Norwich City Football Club's new signing Steven Naismith is formally unveiled to the media at Colney Training Ground. Photo: Steve Adams

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Steven Naismith says he is ready and raring to go for his Norwich City debut against Liverpool tomorrow, if he is called upon by Canaries boss Alex Neil.

The Scotland international forward joined City from Everton in a deal reportedly worth around £8million earlier this week but had not featured in any of Everton’s last five matches.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez had said the 29-year-old was struggling with an ankle knock but Naismith said he has trained this week and is available.

“I’ve had a thing that’s going on for a couple of months but I just wanted to make sure it was right,” the former Rangers and Kilmarnock attacker said.

“I was meant to be training at Everton on Monday but things changed, I trained down here Wednesday when everything was finalised and I’m raring to go.”

Naismith played against his new manager when Neil was a Hamilton player and the Scot believes his compatriot will be well aware of how to get the best out of his abilities.

“He knows what my attributes are and hopefully I’ll bring an attacking threat and hopefully some chances and goals,” he continued.

“He wants me to just play like I have done for Everton and obviously he’s known me for a long time so I’m confident he knows what I can bring to the team and just go and help Norwich progress, as they have done under him from when he took over.”

Naismith came close to a switch to Norwich last summer but Everton pulled the plug on the deal after failing to sign a replacement.

After completing the much-anticipated deal earlier in the week, the forward was pleased to get his future sorted, having signed a three-and-a-half-year contract.

“I think last summer when it came about I’d still had a good part at Everton the season before so it was a difficult decision to make but it was never really in my hands in terms of getting to go because the manager wanted to keep me,” Naismith continued.

“But as the season has unveiled itself, my time on the pitch was limited so the decision on my part was easy, I wanted to be playing football and Norwich were great in the way they pursued me obviously from the summer and they still wanted me in the January and thankfully the move happened and I can get back to playing football.

“For me personally the family side of things was tricky at the moment, with having a new baby (due in March) and things like that, so it was just trying to work out what life was going to be like from here until the summer.

“The long term came from a lot of players who have been at Norwich over the years, who said it’s a lovely part of the country to live and it’s a great football club, so that side of it was okay, but we sat down and worked things out and I’m delighted to be here.”

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22 comments

  • Or beefers, if less offensive.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • I am inertly peering back to yesterday. Dear old Wes has been superb for Norwich, despite being p!$$ed about by Clueless Chrissie. I wouldn't write him off just yet. He still looks in better condition than VOO or McLumbu. Pair of porkers there.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Big fan of Wes but he's been out muscled many times this season, can't see that happening with Naismith.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Actually I should say Naismith isn't really a direct replacement for Wes - who is? - but if anyone can link with a lone striker in the danger area I believe Steven Naismith can. A very clever player and works really hard too. Hat-trick against Chelsea? One against Liverpool in the last minute will do me.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Irongloves: I have to agree with you re Wesley. Which is why we bought Naismith, plus we have Vadis too. Things are looking better and I'm actively looking forward to tomorrow.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • I would like to see AN try 3 at the back with Brady and Pinto wing backs but I guess he will stick with his One up front and if Naismith is played just behind it should prove more productive. If so, I also think Wes will lose out but, watching him in the last few games I think the pace is getting too much for him. He turns 34 in May and the pace of the game doesn't get any slower. Coming off the bench would better suit his poor old legs.

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    irongloves

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • All 3 points, preferably, Wiv!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • PPinto has been here a couple of weeks and should be up to speed now, One would hope that a current international centre half would keep his fitness over the short winter break, they still train its just the games they dont have, and Naisy has announced himself fit and ready to go. Could be all three on saturday

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • I am not expecting any points next 2 games , I would play all 3. New guys to see how they perform if not together then in shifts Even give kl a game Sorry for these comments I was dreaming , will have a coffee til I have woken

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    iMac

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Hopefully the arrival of these two will up the performances of those around them. One of the many good things Lambert installed into the squad was that if you didn't perform every week then someone else was ready behind you. I believe AN has managed the squad quite well and now he has some better tools to work with, hopefully we can push on as club. Like has been said a lot already, it's a shame all these in and outs weren't done at the beginning of the season, players often need time to settle in.

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    MellowYellow

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Sorry, but I think Hollahan hasn't played that well for a few matches now and IMO Naismith would be a great option to replace him. If you read this article, you'll see that AN favours Brady at LB and we have to trust his judgement -http:www.edp24.co.uksportnorwic...n_he_can_master_the_transfer_market_1_4389085

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    Mr Ed

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Interesting times. I'm sure The Mekon won't use any player who's not ready. Like TK, I'd like to see Olsson return at LB with Brady on the wing and Jarvis on the bench. Hopefully Pinto will be ready for saddling up but Klose is less likely? He's a scary looking bloke. Just what's needed at CB. Think Brucie, Big Dunc, Malky. That's been the weakness with our CBs in recent times - they're too pretty. Cassius Mohamaliclay may have got away with it in boxing, but he was special.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • tunsteadtiger, could it be that Naismith is an attacking MIDFIELDER? A pity if it's to be Wes to give way, having the most assists this season!

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    Reg Breeze

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Oh yeah, VictorM, who cares if the Continentals are not fit from their mid-season break, or that none of them have had time to work with the Norwich squad? What matters with a few misunderstandings, letting Liverpool in, or a couple of torn hamstrings on their first game? :(

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    Reg Breeze

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Doesn't it mean the end of the lone striker formation to play Naismith? If so why has AN taken 20 plus games to realise Jerome and Mbokani aren't good enough.?

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    tunsteadtiger

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Hopefully all three new guys will be given the chance to prove their worth against Liverpool - especailly Naismith.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Houlihan seems to be the obvious casualty,with Naismith playing off Jerome or Mbokani.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • I also would like to see Pinto, Klose and Naismith in the starting line up. At this stage of the season it's no good allowing them weeks on end to acclimatise - what did we sign them for - get them in the side and leave it to them.

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    VictorM

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Can't wait to see all the new boys in action.And breathe a sigh of relief now there's a fighting chance of going foward

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    johnty

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Can't wait to see all the new boys in action.And breathe a sigh of relief now there's a fighting chance of going foward

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    johnty

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • It certainly would be good to see him start tomorrow but in what position and formation I wonder. Although I have long been aware of the man, I only really concentrate on our own players but it does seem his best position is a No 10 rather than a target man does this mean Wes will be the man to give way. Team selection will be very interesting indeed, will Alex also play Kloss, Pinto and restate Olsson, that would be an interesting back four with AN other.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • I feel a lot more relieved he's here. He seems like he's got fire in his belly and is up for a fight. Helps he's a good player too of course. Some of our current crop need a kick up the ar5e so we'll see.

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Friday, January 22, 2016

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