Don’t write me off. Marley Watkins aims to show Norwich City fans what they are missing
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Marley Watkins aims to prove he can cut it at Norwich City.
The Welsh international delivered a brutal assessment of his first season at Carrow Road on Friday after failing to hit the heights since a free transfer switch last summer.
Daniel Farke questioned the 27-year-old’s attitude during the recent January transfer window - when he was heavily touted with a move to Bristol City - but Watkins is desperate to make it at the Canaries.
“This has been a low for me. You have to keep plugging away and work hard and it will turn,” he said.
“You have no other choice as a player but to get through it and get better.
“It can be tough and lonely but it is all for a reason. I want to get back to knowing how I can play.
“Maybe this summer I will go to a summer camp and train hard and come back stronger.
“We all go through highs and lows in our careers.
“This season hasn’t gone as I’d expected. I’m not going to make excuses.
“If you take positives from adversity, it strengthens you. I want to end the season on a high and take that into next season. I’ve been doubted before and I try to turn it into positive energy.
“I missed a lot of pre-season with an injury, then during the season I have been in and out with little injuries.
“The manager likes to rotate as well and I had a suspension, which doesn’t help, so it has been stop, start.”
Watkins was linked to a number of Championship rivals before opting to join Norwich and the attacker insists he has no regrets at turning his back on Barnsley where he formed a prolific partnership with Sam Winnall.
“I always look at myself to see how I can improve,” he said.
“You learn a lot every day training with lads like Wes (Hoolahan) and I am still learning. I didn’t play on my own down the middle last season.
“I was in a two. I was the runner, the presser, the one who did the dirty work if you like, while Sam Winnall was the quality in the box, a finisher. We had a great partnership.
“I played on the right as well most of the time, which is where I scored double figures and had nine assists.
“I haven’t really played on the right this season. We play a different system here with wing backs so it is all part of the learning process.
“When I have not been in the squad I have been there to support my team mates and prepare for each and every game to give myself the best possible chance. I need to do better but I haven’t had a proper run of games.
“I think three in a row was the most.”