Norwich City’s Jonny Howson aims to prove his class against Manchester City

Jonny Howson aims to show this lunchtime he is not out of place amongst Manchester City's galaxy of midfield talent.

Howson is unfazed by the potential prospect of facing the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and the fit-again Yaya Toure in the opposition ranks. Special days like these at Carrow Road are exactly why he clambered aboard the Canaries' Premier League express.

'They've obviously got some world-class players, a lot of flair players. They've done terrifically over the course of the season and its players like that you like to look on, to try to pick up things,' he said. 'But once Saturday comes, you concentrate on your own job and what you've got to do to help the team out.

'It's a great way to test yourself and use it as a benchmark. When you come up against them and when you're on the pitch you don't think of that. It's maybe sometimes after the games you have a little think about what they've done and how well you've done against them, when you look back over the game. It will be a great test for us.

'There won't be any fear and I think that's the best way to be. We go into every game with the same attitude, prepare the same way and this will be no different. Once you cross that white line it doesn't matter who you're playing against.'

Howson has won plenty of plaudits for his displays since overcoming a knee injury following his New Year January transfer window arrival.

The former Leeds man admits the acclimatisation process has been aided hugely by slotting into a midfield packed with even better players than he first envisaged prior to his switch from Yorkshire.

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'I was aware of what abilities they had and it's possibly an even higher standard than I expected from just playing a few games against them,' he said. 'When you see them every day in training it is different to playing against them for a couple of seasons. I think the best thing is everyone complements each other in midfield. Whoever's playing, you know everyone helps each other out in their own right.

'Yes, I've been very happy (with my own performances). I think it helps when you've got top players around you. If you can just add that little bit and help them out it goes together nicely. There are some experienced players in the side as well who can also help you out during the course of the game.

'It's the best league in the world and you've got to get up to speed fast, but I was prepared in the right way for how training is and the high tempo it sets you. It's something I first picked up on when I first came here – how hard, how organised the side is and how they work as a team. I think that stuck in my head.'

The 23-year-old highlights the ruthless edge required in both penalty boxes as the single biggest difference from Championship combat.

'In between the two boxes, round the middle of the field, sometimes you tend to get that little bit more time when you've got the ball, but certainly at either end that's when the pace really quickens up,' he said. 'There have been a few occasions where I thought, 'I've got my man marked,' and they've slipped one in behind, or found him somewhere or other. The main difference is the quality. Sometimes when you give the ball away you don't get it back maybe as quickly, especially at either end of the field. You don't tend to get as many chances and you've got to restrict them to the least amount of chances because they tend to put them away.

'If you look at Monday's game, in the first half, the first real chance they got they put it away. So I think that's the main difference – just the quality and whenever they try to attempt something, nine times out of 10 it comes off for them.'

Norwich boss Paul Lambert harnessed Howson in a more disciplined central midfield role alongside former Leeds ally Bradley Johnson to maximum effect at White Hart Lane.

Howson had been deployed as the chief support act to Grant Holt in the previous Premier League draw against Everton – a testament to the former England U21 international's versatility.

'It's something you have to adapt to, different formations, different roles to play,' he said. 'But I think when you go out on to the pitch you've prepared for it through the week, so you've got an idea of what's coming.

'It did help having Bradley at the side of me. We've played with each other for three years up at Leeds United, so we know each other very well and it went well.

'It was very enjoyable. To go to a top-class side like Tottenham, to go to White Hart Lane and take three points, it's very satisfying, but it was the way we played as well.'

Howson's almost telepathic understanding with Wes Hoolahan has been a signature feature of City's general play over the past month.

The Irishman's form for the Canaries this season has led to a growing clamour for the Dubliner's international recall. Irish assistant manager Marco Tardelli has made numerous trips to Carrow Road this season and for the first time Republic boss Giovanni Trapattoni has now acknowledged Hoolahan's impressive Premier League form.

'Hoolahan has improved very much,' the Italian told the Irish Examiner. 'I have spoken to Marco about him, he has been fantastic. He played well in the last game I saw, he played in a specialist position behind the strikers.

'I have thought about him and we will consider this option, but we have a system and maybe it's too late to change that system. But I don't forget Hoolahan, and maybe he will be there for the next campaign for the World Cup.'

Hoolahan recently insisted he had not given up hope of a late bid to make the Republic's 2012 European Championship squad this summer.

'I haven't given up hope, you can never stop dreaming,' he said, last week. 'Players might pull out, you might have an injury or two and I am realistic enough to know that I would need something like that to happen for me to make the squad.'