Norwich City’s summer recruit Vadis Odjidja must bide his time

Norwich midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe made his full senior debut against Shrewsbury. Picture by Paul

Norwich midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe made his full senior debut against Shrewsbury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's exciting summer signing Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe may have to bide his time to prove his worth to the Canaries in his favoured position.

The Belgian international made a full debut in the midweek Capital One Cup defeat to lower league Shrewsbury in a wider midfield role.

Neil Adams recruited Odjidja as a replacement for QPR-bound Leroy Fer, but the 25-year-old has been kept out of City's Championship central midfield by the form of Bradley Johnson and Alex Tettey.

'He prefers to play in that central position,' said Adams. 'He can play anywhere though and he is a versatile midfielder. We didn't tell him to play right-wing on Tuesday, we just said when we didn't have the ball to fill that position. I wanted him to have that freedom and the same applied to Elliott (Bennett) on the other flank. We wanted a flexible approach in that midfield.

'I think Vadis just needs match fitness now and of course that is the chicken and egg situation. If he isn't in the team, he can't get minutes and without getting minutes he can't get that match fitness. It's something we have to look at.


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'He came with a bit of a thigh strain as well so he had missed a bit of training and he hasn't had the opportunity to play because the team has been doing very well in that area of the field.'

Adams does not expect the muscular Belgian to have any problems adapting to the English game.

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'Maybe the football in our country is a little different but I wouldn't think that would take too long. He experiences that Monday to Friday in training so I'm not sure there is anything like a culture shock,' he said. 'He just needs to get that 10pc or 15pc extra to bring him up to his peak level of fitness. One of the first things young Conor McGrandles said after a training session or two was that it is a lot quicker to what he is used to.

'Maybe that applies to any player when they come into a different environment, but I don't think the tempo or the style between leagues is hugely different.'

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