Norwich City new boys are fitting the bill – Howson
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Norwich City's January signings have had the desired impact, according to Jonny Howson – despite waiting two months to taste victory.
The win at West Brom that signed off the Canaries for the current international break was the first for Steven Naismith, Timm Klose, Ivo Pinto and Patrick Bamford following their New Year switches to Carrow Road – and every member of the quartet contributed minutes on the pitch for the spoils.
But it's former Wolfsburg centre-back Klose who has been the most impressive arrival so far – the Swiss defender is yet to miss a minute of action since his debut in the home defeat to Premier League title-challenging Tottenham.
'He's certainly a bit of a character,' said Howson. 'I think whenever you sign an international player, you are expecting them to come in and put in good performances. That's why he has played at that level and in the Champions League, and it's starting to show.
'Obviously sometimes it's going to take a couple of games to get used to the people in and around him, playing in a different league. But he's been doing very well.
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'There have been a few signings from January and that can help. Sometimes those new faces just freshen things up and maybe get people on their toes knowing that someone else is coming in for your place, whoever it may be.'
It's a crunch top-flight relegation clash with Newcastle United at Carrow Road on Saturday that brings an end to the international break – and the game's importance will not be lost on Howson.
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'Whenever you're down there and coming up against the teams in and around you, that's why they're called six pointers,' added Howson.
'But I think every game from now until the end of the season is going to be like that.
'We've got to try to get something from every single game between now and the end of the season.
'We've kind of set the standard now but every game is different.
'You come up against different problems, different teams and our team might be different.
'But certainly if we've got everyone pulling in the same direction, then we give ourselves a great chance.'