Alex Neil has not suffered sleepless nights over finding Bradley Johnson’s Norwich City deputy
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Norwich City chief Alex Neil revealed he had already started to formulate a plan to cope without influential midfielder Bradley Johnson in the aftermath of his bizarre booking in the Easter Monday win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe was introduced for a late cameo against the Owls after Johnson picked up his 10th booking of the season following a match-winning brace and Neil has no qualms calling on the fit-again Belgian, with Gary O'Neil and Nathan Redmond also in the frame.
'Vadis has had very limited game time so far in the season, I think pretty much only the 45 minutes at Sheffield Wednesday,' said Neil. 'He has the under-21 games as well as training and looked sharp. He is getting sharper and sharper with every training session so I would say he is capable of starting a game.
'We just have to adapt and give someone an opportunity and make sure they take it. I have my thoughts on how we go about that, ever since Bradley picked up his booking and after analysing Bolton and how I want to go about it I am comfortable about the situation. We have a game plan in place and we know what we have to do to carry it out.'
Fellow midfielder Tony Andreu has found himself on the fringes in recent times and Neil admitted his former Hamilton playmaker must still adapt to the physical aspect of the English game.
'I don't think technically it is an issue for him. He is a very good player, he has goals in him but I just think physically at the moment he has found it a wee bit tougher task,' said Neil. 'The pleasing thing is it is something you can work on and improve but it does take a little bit of time. He'll certainly have something to add potentially between now and the end of the season or next year, but I have to pick the lads who are most ready at this time to have an impact on the games.'