Martin Olsson made the right choice to stick with Norwich City

Martin Olsson is a key figure in Norwich City's Championship promotion push. Picture by Paul Chester

Martin Olsson is a key figure in Norwich City's Championship promotion push. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The only career advice Martin Olsson heeded during a fevered summer of transfer speculation was to take one look around the Norwich City dressing room.

Olsson was heavily touted with a swift Premier League return following relegation - West Ham heading a list of potential suitors before they opted to sign Ipswich's Aaron Cresswell - but the former Blackburn defender believes he will be back in the top flight soon enough.

'We have a strong team, we didn't lose that many players over the summer and with what we had here I knew we would be up there and fighting to go straight up to the Premier League,' said Olsson. 'I knew it was the right decision to stay.

'We have a big squad, I don't think any team in the league has such a big squad, so with this set of players there was no pressure to find a club in the summer.

'I knew we would have a big chance to go up. I like it here. When I compare the Norwich team with what we had at Blackburn we have more experience in this squad and more players who had played in the Championship.'


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City welcome Rotherham to Carrow Road today sitting top of the standings despite a midweek setback against Charlton. Olsson expects the promotion picture to become a lot clearer over the near future.

'I think it will break up maybe after another couple of months or so. The most important thing now is to go for the wins, rather than draws, so we can push our way up there come January,' he said. 'It will be tight and you expect there will be a few teams around us, but that is where we have to show our experience and stay calm and not worry too much about what is going on around us. Everyone knows when you drop down to the Championship it is a totally different league. It is harder in a way but we are picking up points.

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'It is a different mindset compared to last season but the players we brought in, the likes of (Cameron) Jerome and Grabbs (Lewis Grabban), they are attacking players and they are used to scoring goals. Most of us have played in sides who are expected to attack and we are used to mixing things up.'

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