Southampton loanee Jos Hooiveld is the perfect fit for Norwich City, believes boss Neil Adams
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Neil Adams believes Jos Hooiveld's seamless transition into the Carrow Road dressing room proves how good Norwich City's team spirit is.
The defender, on a season-long loan from Southampton, celebrated passionately with his team-mates following their 4-2 win at Cardiff on Saturday. And Adams is convinced the defender's fist-pumping show of emotion highlights just how together his players are.
The City manager, who takes his charges to Brentford tonight, said: 'You want to sign quality players but at times you've got to think 'what sort of character are they? How will they fit into the group?'
'It's massively important. I've seen it at times when you've had a good team and the dressing room is a little bit split or there are cliques. Here, you've got a group. The new signings are always a good indicator of that, how they feel welcomed and how they settle in. Jos has settled into the group very well. He's one of them people that everybody likes.'
The 31-year-old was clearly delighted to enjoy a winning start to life with the Canaries. The Dutchman's debut display also left his new boss smiling.
'Kenwyne Jones was a real handful, but it was pretty even (between him and Hooiveld),' added Adams.
'We didn't let him bully us, certainly not in the manner I think Cameron Jerome did to them. Jos' quality of his distribution was outstanding. He's as good as any player I've seen at hitting that 50, 60-yard diagonal ball.'
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One of City's three deadline-day signings partnered Michael Turner at the heart of the Yellows' defence in Cardiff.
And while their side shipped two goals in the first half, Turner was impressed with the performance of his new sidekick.
'I didn't know much about Jos before he came here,' he said.
'He's a left-footed centre-half and I think he did really well on Saturday. I'm sure he'll be pleased with his performance and he's another quality addition.
'We've got a tremendous squad at the moment for this league and hopefully that'll put us in a good place throughout the season. Playing in a team you do want to be settled alongside someone but if these things chop and change then you've just got to deal with it. For me, personally, I'm just pleased that I'm in the team, I'm pleased with my performances and long may it continue.'
The emergence of Croatian ace Dejan Lovren – who has since joined Liverpool for £20million – saw the 6ft 4ins giant limited to just eight appearances last season – forcing him to head to Norfolk to secure more playing time.