Neil Adams has no favourites at Norwich City

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy's form is now a topic for debate. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Im

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy's form is now a topic for debate. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Neil Adams insists he has no favourites, with first choice Norwich City keeper John Ruddy's form now under the spotlight.

The England international was at fault for Reading's winner last weekend and has looked vulnerable as part of a defence which had conceded 11 goals in four matches ahead of Saturday's Championship trip to Wigan. Adams would have no fears promoting academy graduate Declan Rudd if he felt the time had come to take Ruddy out of the firing line.

'I don't have a problem putting any of them in, in whatever position, that is why they are in the squad,' he said. 'That applies equally from the experienced or the youngest. Age is irrelevant. If I feel they are right for the occasion I will pick them. John has played for his country and he is a top goalkeeper but by his own admission he has not been playing as well as he can recently. We all accept that. I have had chats with him, but by the same token there are games this season when he has kept us in it. That is symptomatic of the way it is for everybody. I am not going to pick a team on who is the biggest name or who can and can't be left out.'

Adams knows he has to be ruthless to spark the Canaries' back into life.

'Everybody's place is under threat. We have to stress that and emphasise that,' he said. 'I have said it many, many times if they are playing well they have a right to keep the shirt. If not, they don't. That means everybody. We have to make sure they all understand that. If you are not picked I have always said my door is open. If you are not picked then come in and speak to me but don't come in without a good reason if the answer is an obvious one.'


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