Alex Neil - Alex Tettey is one of a kind at Norwich City
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Alex Tettey is one-of-a-kind for Norwich City boss Alex Neil.
The Norwegian international starred in the 2-0 Championship win over Wolves which propelled the Canaries into the top six ahead of this weekend's trip to Watford.
Neil admits he is a huge fan of Tettey's brand of midfield dynamism, with the 28-year-old set for a key role over the promotion run-in.
'I think he is a crucial member of the squad because I haven't really got anybody like him in terms of the job he does, he screens really well, he reads the game and those 50:50 challenges he comes out on top quite a lot,' said Neil.
'Obviously it will be horses for courses at times, but Alex is certainly suited to a particular type of game. Equally we have other guys who have strengths like Wes (Hoolahan) who will find those pockets of space and technically he is very good and we will need all the boys.'
Wolves' chief Kenny Jackett was forced to change his approach at Carrow Road to combat the impressive Tettey.
'In the first half I thought he dictated the game,' said Neil. 'I thought they made the change at the break when (Dave) Edwards came on and it became a wee bit more difficult because they tried to make runs in behind and take Alex into positions where he didn't want to be.
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'When I looked at their line-up I was very happy because I thought it suited us better and Alex better. (Benik) Afobe is in there as a striker but he doesn't really want to do that shift (sitting deeper). I felt if we could dominate the central areas we could dominate the game and in the first half Alex picked up nearly every second ball.'