The beast of Mitchell Dijks and the potential for Yanic Wildschut - Cameron Jerome is more than excited about what Norwich City's new boys can do following their debuts in Cardiff
PUBLISHED: 17:37 05 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:37 05 February 2017
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The impact of the new boys was felt by the fans. The manager had his say too. And none of it was missed by their new team-mates either.
It was a particularly busy run-up to kick-off at Cardiff, with everyone wanting to have their say with Mitchell Dijks and Yanic Wildschut. It was as if there hadn’t been enough hours in the days leading up to Saturday to get everything out there. There probably weren’t.
But none of it prevented City’s pair of Dutch deadline day signings – aged 23 and 25 respectively – showing glimpses of what they can add to the Canaries over the coming months.
They certainly have Cameron Jerome convinced, even with them having to fill the shoes of Martin Olsson and Robbie Brady.
“You’ve got to help the team through – especially myself being an older experienced player, you’ve got to help the lads through it,” said Jerome of those pre-match chats on the pitch.
“It was Mitchell’s first game in England. Yanic knows exactly what to expect because he’s played here before, so it’s a little different and he’s a little bit older.
“But Mitchell was brilliant. An absolutely machine. The lads have only trained a couple of days but testament to them coming in and getting stuck in, and standing up strong to the challenge.
“Mitchell is a big, strapping boy. You can see he’s got some size and stature about him. He’s not scared to tackle, he can shift and he’s really impressive.
“For someone who’s not played in England before, it was a very impressive debut. It was a test and he didn’t really get beat, so it’s pleasing.
“It was for Yanic as well. It was a difficult game for the attacking players to sometimes get into it, because of the transitions and them putting the ball forward as quick as possible.
“It was difficult but he’s another great addition we’ve got there and it gives the manager another option. Someone a bit more dynamic and with pace on the break.
“New signings coming in always give everyone a boost. Everyone is excited to see what they’re going to bring to the table and it’s evident with their display here that they’ve showed some ability. They showed signs of their ability in training too.
“It’s going to be difficult to replace the two boys that left because they are genuinely quality players. I didn’t think there was a better left-back than Martin in the league, and Robbie had tons of potential.
“But Mitchell looks a terrific signing and Yanic looks like he’s got bags of potential as well. So for me, these are a pretty even two that have come through the door.
“I think the club has done some tremendous business if I’m honest with you. To get two replacements for the two lads that left, and some profit, is pleasing really.”
Jerome saved the last word for the 900-plus City supporters who made the long trek west to Wales – and for the first time in more than four months, got to travel home smiling at a victory.
“We’ve got tremendous support everywhere we go,” he said. “Everywhere is such a distance from Norwich and it’s testament to the fans. They come up in their numbers week in, week out, and it’s nice to give them something to shout about on the road because we’ve not had much for a good few months.
“So they can go home happy, get home safe and we can all go to Wigan on a high.”