Fozzy's tricks can light up Leeds clash
CHRIS LAKEY Peter Grant is preparing to unleash a new dimension at Carrow Road on Saturday - the master of the 'Fozzy Flick', Mark Fotheringham. And the Canaries boss believes the Carrow Road are in for a treat when they see the 23-year-old midfielder for the first time.
Peter Grant is preparing to unleash a new dimension at Carrow Road on Saturday - the master of the 'Fozzy Flick', Mark Fotheringham.
And the Canaries boss believes the Carrow Road are in for a treat when they see the 23-year-old midfielder for the first time.
“I think they will be surprised by him,” said Grant on the eve of the visit of Leeds.
“He has got a confidence and arrogance that goes along with having a belief in your ability and you can't get enough players like that.
“He is different from the midfield players we have got. He wants to get on the ball, he wants to create in the opposition half. He is not the quickest, but he has very good feet.
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“He is one of these guys who can do it left or right, he's comfortable. He will try and see a pass, he won't be frightened to give the ball away with trying the proper pass - he will have a go for it.
“You would probably say he's not a safety player.”
The 'Fozzy Flick' was first seen north of the border at Celtic, where Fotheringham began his career - and Grant believes he'd still be there, but for the influence of former Norwich City manager Martin O'Neill.
“Through circumstances he moved on because Celtic became a much bigger, much more physical side under Martin than they did under previous managers,” said Grant.
“Fozzy probably came at the wrong time in that respect. He can match that physical, but his is a technical game - he can put his foot in but his is more of a technical game. I think that is why he didn't look out of place when he went abroad.
“That time Martin was there he was probably the first Celtic manager who went for a different type of football, big strong teams that Martin has built over many, many years. That is no disrespect to Martin. Martin built winning teams. Celtic were always the team that were always pass and move, running without the ball, running with the ball and probably under any other manager he'd probably still be at Celtic Park.”
However, Grant says Fotheringham can also roll up his sleeves and mix it with the Championship's tough guys.
“If he can play in Scotland he can play anywhere,” said Grant. “Especially the type of player he is. He has been kicked black and blue since day one because of the talent he has got and people trying to stop him playing.
“If you talk about confidence and people wanting the ball you probably get more frustrated with him than anybody else because he just wants it all the time, which is a great thing as long as he is doing it in the right areas of the pitch.”