Jonny Howson is Norwich City’s man for all seasons

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson has hit a rich vein of goalscoring form. Picture by Paul Cheste

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson has hit a rich vein of goalscoring form. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jonny Howson is Norwich City's man for all seasons after his third goal in four games underlined his value to Neil Adams.

Howson's attacking instincts proved invaluable yet again with a cool finish from 16 yards to beat Malky Mackay's Latics at the weekend in what is becoming a positive feature of the Canaries' season.

The 26-year-old has emerged as a key man for Adams since an injury-hit start to the campaign following knee ligament damage.

'I thought it was an excellent goal,' said the City boss. 'Cam (Jerome) won the header. Gary (Hooper) looked after it and Jonny provided an excellent finish. He can do that. He has the running power to do it. That is the key to Jonny Howson's game.

'He can run beyond strikers, he can get up and down and he is another in the squad who has a fantastic attitude.

'If you asked him to play in goal he would do it without batting an eyelid, it is 'tell me where I am playing, boss, and I will do it,' and his finishing was outstanding again.

'I used him on the right (against Wigan), I have used him centrally, we have used him as a number 10 if you like and he is just an all-round player.

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'He scored a great goal at (Nottingham) Forest as well and he is capable of that. He has a goal in him because of the desire he has got and the running capacity to get box-to-box.'

Howson was one of the players City were desperate to keep after Premier League relegation.

'We made our intentions clear from the start. We needed to have a really good crack at getting back,' said Adams. 'After nine or ten games we looked good. We just have to get back to the manner of putting points on the table like we did.

'We started particularly well whereas Cardiff and Fulham have had different experiences, but always with the three teams who are relegated the expectation is there.

'You come down with Premier League players, you have the Premier League money if you like, and teams are expected to have a good crack at getting back up.'

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