Norwich City’s squad must rise to the challenge of new recruits

Lewis Grabban is one of the players who can make life difficult for Alex Neil at Norwich City. Pictu

Lewis Grabban is one of the players who can make life difficult for Alex Neil at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil wants fresh blood in the January transfer window, but the Norwich City boss is challenging his men to make that recruitment drive even tougher.

Lewis Grabban marked his first Premier League start since the opening weekend with a goal in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal, while Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom has kept Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin out of the side in recent times.

'It is no secret we tried to bring in more players and failed to do so,' said Neil. 'Hopefully we can correct that balance in January but certainly the lads here who are doing well will play a big part going forward. It is about the squad and you can see that with players like Lewis and Andre. Lewis started the season and then hasn't really been involved since and Andre is someone I left out of the squad not so long ago. Now he is starting regularly at right-back. That is credit to him coming in and taking his opportunity. When you get your chance you have to perform as well as you can.

'I wouldn't say I have a solid starting XI that I could turn around and say is my best side. What we have is a whole selection of players with strengths and weaknesses and it depends on the opposition. It can't just be the same players you churn out every week. You need competition, particularly if you are not winning games. We haven't been winning enough, so positions come up for grabs.

'But you always want to try and strengthen your squad and make sure you do that in every position you can.'

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