Norwich City have beefed up to handle Championship rough and tumble

Mitchell Dijks has helped Norwich City bulk up for the Championship combat.
Picture: Paul Chesterto

Mitchell Dijks has helped Norwich City bulk up for the Championship combat. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is adamant his Double Dutch transfer raid has beefed up Norwich City for the Championship run-in.

The City chief made it clear last month's additions of Mitchell Dijks and Yanic Wildschut were part of his plan to bulk up the Canaries. Norwich can expect another physical encounter on Sunday against Ipswich Town as they look to bounce back from a bruising Burton defeat.

Neil labelled Ajax loan defender Dijks a 'beast' but compatriot Wildschut has struggled to make his mark since arriving from Wigan on deadline night. The 25-year-old, however, did plunder a brace against Ipswich in the Latics' 3-2 Championship defeat.

'I don't think we have seen the best of Yanic yet, it is fair to say. There is much, much more to come from him,' said Neil. 'Equally he is a natural winger who wants to stand out on the touchline and is used to others getting him the ball and then he goes and does his thing. I am asking him to a whole host of other things and he is having to come to terms with those. What we are asking Mitchell to do is exactly the same as what he was doing at Ajax in the past. The job is the same at left-back. Yanic's game I am trying to add things and it naturally takes time.'

City's poor away league record this season continued against the lowly Brewers. Norwich have struggled to find the right formula under Neil second time around in the Championship.


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'I have already said this. Maybe we don't have the players to handle that type of football,' said Neil. 'People will then say, 'Why don't you have the lads who can do all the ugly bits, which is win headers and tackles and show that resilience and strength and power?' We got found wanting (at Burton). That is why we lost the game.

'Before in the Championship we had a method how we would go about things when we played at home and away. It was not about improving the quality so much (last month) but trying to get the type of player we need away. We had those before in this league and that is why the away form becomes so difficult. I have spoken regularly about how we were compact in those central areas before, and Wes (Hoolahan) played something like twice away from home, whereas now I am using him much more often. We needed robust players to compete better.'

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