Norwich City have the warriors to mix it up says Alex Neil

Youssouf Mulumbu made his Premier League debut for Norwich City at Manchester City. Picture by Paul

Youssouf Mulumbu made his Premier League debut for Norwich City at Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is convinced he has enough warriors in his Norwich City ranks to come through a rocky Premier League patch.

City have the respite of a Capital One Cup trip to Everton on Tuesday before facing Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea in the weeks ahead following three straight top flight defeats.

Combative midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu could return against the Toffees following early season foot surgery and Neil is confident he has plenty of fighting spirit within the dressing room.

'I would like to think I have those characters in my squad, but it is not just about effort and endeavour, you need to have that quality as well,' he said. 'It is not a case of casting away my technically good players and throwing in my warriors. You can't do that because that will give you a different problem. It is about getting that balance and what I would say is the guys who are technically very good have done really well for us. They are more than capable of working hard for the team.

'If you don't win games the players are not going to be bubbling with confidence. I don't know whether it is a lack of confidence or maybe a few individuals have just suffered a dip in form. There is no getting away from the fact we have to be hitting near to our maximum levels to get anything at this level. No-one would disagree with me on that, and that is difficult to do over a sustained period. If we can get that next win then everybody feels a bit better about themselves and you can look to take it into the next game.'


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