Grant Holt not fussed over Norwich City’s Premier League possibilities this season
The more optimistic Norwich City fans may be starting to cast their eyes towards a possible European campaign next season – but you won't see Grant Holt getting excited about such things.
The Canaries' impressive 2012 form has propelled them to a 14-point gap from Wolves, Bolton and Wigan in the Premier League's relegation places. But all the more remarkable are the eight points up to the millionaires of Chelsea, sitting fifth in the top-flight's final European qualification berth with 13 games remaining.
The Premier League's top four come May qualify for the 2012-13 Champions League – currently Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal – while the Blues would be set for the Europa League alongside the best FA Cup and League Cup performers not in that Champions League mix.
This season's Fair Play League can also represent a Europa League opening – although City lie eighth behind the likes of Swansea, West Brom and Fulham on that score; English football would need to rank in the top three of Uefa's own fair play table to even be offered one of the extra European spots.
All of which states exactly why European suggestions at Carrow Road should be dismissed – for now, at least.
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'Europe? I'm not too fussed to be fair – staying up is the main objective and we'll see where it takes us,' said skipper Grant Holt, with City hosting Leicester City in the last 16 of the FA Cup this weekend.
'We are happy and we are enjoying ourselves, and when you are enjoying football and you are enjoying coming into work every day, it's fantastic and I think it shows on the pitch that we have got a belief and desire to win games no matter where we are.
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'We're in a fantastic position, we are delighted with the points we have so far and we just need to build on that over the next few weeks and get over that line as quickly as possible.'
That line is widely regarded as 40 points – City currently sit eighth in the Premier League table with 35.
Holt, 30, admitted during a impromptu question and answer session on his Twitter account this week that 'of course' he would love to finish his career at Carrow Road, adding, 'love it here'. The Championship strike partnership last season that helped push Norwich over the line has been reunited in recent weeks with Simeon Jackson alongside the Canaries number nine.
Jackson's performance earned an enthusiastic standing ovation during City's 3-2 win at Swansea on Saturday and Holt is enjoying the pair's reunion.
'We have been with each other for a long time and we kind of know what each other is going to do really, and I think that always helps when you realise it,' said Holt.
'But I'm happy to play with anyone here. I thought me and Steve (Morison) were striking up a good partnership and then different formations come along and Simeon has come in and been great.
'He has been itching and absolutely on fire in training, and scoring goals for fun – and you can see when he is in that form and he is in that mood to run people well, there is no one better.'
You could say all that has been missing from Jackson's latest Premier League outings has been a goal.
'That's it – in two games he has done everything but score. I keep saying, for some reason he keeps passing and I've never seen him do it before in my life. But I'm sure next week he will stash one away.'