Ipswich Town. You have been warned. Moritz Leitner is the real deal
PUBLISHED: 08:32 18 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:13 18 February 2018
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James Maddison is not the only Norwich City player with the X-factor to settle another tense East Anglian derby - the Canaries have another gem in Moritz Leitner.
Leitner is expected to be fit for duty for his first derby duel in Sunday’s high noon tussle at Carrow Road, after sitting out part of the build up with a calf niggle.
Daniel Farke appears to have pulled off a coup with the loan signing of the FC Augsburg midfielder, and former Borussia Dortmund league and cup winner, who has impressed since his move from Germany.
New City team mate and ex-Wolfsburg defender Timm Klose was one of the few who had the inside track on Leitner prior to his classy emergence in the green and yellow.
“With Mo, I knew exactly what he could bring to this team because we have known each other for seven years,” he said.
“It is great to see that type of player wants to come to the club and perform.
“For a player the most important thing is to play. Moritz was at Augsburg and I know the situation very well there because the goalkeeper is a friend of mine, Marwin Hitz told me how they want to play and I don’t think that suited Mo that well.
“When you are sitting on the bench all the time and there are not that many options in the winter to leave and you have an option like Norwich where you know if you perform well then you will play nearly every game then you take it.
“The most important thing is having fun, being on the pitch, enjoying it with the lads.”
Klose admitted, on the eve of another derby battle, he is relishing the freedom to get forward in a back three and his mentoring role to the likes of Maddison and young attacking wing-back Jamal Lewis.
“I can tell Jamal what he needs to do in the game and provide any help,” he said.
“At Bristol (City) he was close to a second yellow card and sometimes you just need to pull him over and tell him to slow, down, take it easy.
“The experienced lads need to help the younger ones. He has done well so far but they have to keep listening.
“The manager has a plan and that is to get us to a certain level, where we are good in possession but solid at the back.
“That means not conceding many goals and then if we have the ball we have to be fast and deadly.
“If it is not on then we look to keep it. In the last couple of weeks we have really improved that aspect.
“We have been pretty comfortable with the ball and that allows me to get forward, which I enjoy doing.
“The manager has that confidence in me to do that and try to overload the midfield to help the players on the ball have more options.”