Norwich City new boy Matt Jarvis has the inside track on Bournemouth
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Matt Jarvis is fully-briefed on the threat posed by Bournemouth ahead of what could be his Premier League debut for Norwich City.
The West Ham loanee moved to Carrow Road on a season-long deal in the final hours of the summer transfer window, after limited chances to impress at Upton Park during the opening weeks of the campaign.
Jarvis, however, does know what to expect from Eddie Howe's squad after playing the second half in the Hammers' 4-3 league defeat only last month.
'Yes, I came on in that game and it was a frantic match but one perhaps I can pass on some information to the lads here,' he said. 'They were very positive, they wanted to get forward and looked to score goals. I don't think they had scored before that game so to get four was obviously great for them.
'It is a good opportunity for me to come to a great club and hopefully play some games. I wasn't having as much game-time as I would like at West Ham. They have a very good squad and the manager wants to play a different system.
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'I have been made to feel quite welcome. It is good to know some of the lads, which helps. I played with Gary O'Neil at West Ham and Elliott Bennett at Wolves and both of those have been here for the whole of the international break.'
Jarvis revealed it was a hectic final hour of the transfer window before he sealed his Norfolk switch.
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'It happened quite quickly and very late. I got a call about 5pm on deadline day,' he said. 'I was sat next to a computer, a printer and a scanner for a frantic 40 minutes to get all the paperwork done and I was pleased it went through. I knew there was some interest but it wasn't until that late you felt it was going to happen. It is nice to feel wanted. I drove up that evening and came in the next day to meet everyone.
'When you go to a new club you have to get to know people and how the club is run so in that sense the international break has given me a chance to settle in.'
Alex Neil has already left a big impression on the 29-year-old.
'He is very honest, that is one of things you notice straight away about him,' said Jarvis. 'He tells you exactly as it is, good or bad, and as a player I don't think there is too much more you can ask. You want to know where you stand and what he thinks you need to do. He has said if you play well, you stay in the team. If you don't, you won't. He has done a fantastic job since he came in to get them promoted and then start well in the Premier League.'
Jarvis is confident he can recapture the form that earned him a big-money move to West Ham and England honours.
'I want to get back to playing games and showing people what I can do,' he said. 'I started well at West Ham the first two seasons but then I didn't get as much time on the pitch and maybe my performances were not as good as they have been.'