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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Norwich fan on United youth and avoiding relegation

Continuing with our fan previews, Nathan Tuck from Norwich Vital Football discusses all things Norwich related ahead of the 2013-2014 season. Follow @VitalNorwich on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2012-2013 for your club?

Nathan: 2012/13 was a season of consolidation. The only objective was to stay in the league. We didn’t spend much money due to a prior agreement with our bankers so had to rely on mostly what we had already. Although it was a little tight towards the end of the season we actually ended up in eleventh place – one better than 2011/12.

Scott: Who was your best player?

Nathan: Sebastien Bassong won the player of the season award and rightly so. He has brought a calmness to our defence as well as some pace and reads the game very well, he’s also a goal threat in the opposition’s area.

Scott: Which player are you expecting most important in 2013-2014?

Nathan: Scoring goals was a problem last term and with cult hero Grant Holt now gone, the responsibility will lay on the shoulders of one of several new forwards. Ricky Van Wolfswinkel comes with a good reputation as a goal scorer so he promises much.

Scott: If you could take one United player, who would it be?

Nathan: That’s easy, Robin Van Persie. What team wouldn’t want him in their squad?

Scott: Are you pleased Fergie’s retired?

Nathan: I wouldn’t say I’m pleased that Fergie has retired but it will make things at the top more interesting. The fact that Man City and Chelsea both have new managers as well should make it lively and question marks will be over David Moyes if he doesn’t make a good start in the league.

Scott: Where do you think your club will finish this season?

Nathan: This transfer window has seen the recruitment of some very exciting players – it’s been the best ever window for Canaries fans. We’ve spent money and got players that I’m hopeful will take us to the “next level”. I would hope will can finish inside the top ten and have agood cup run like Swansea did last season. A lot of mid table teams have spent heavily which will make it very tough for the newly promoted sides so I don’t see us involved in a relegation battle.

Scott: Where do you think United will finish?

Nathan: United will finish in the top three. Much will depend on whether or not you can get any marquee signings, Fabregas or Bale in and if Rooney leaves. Man City have quietly strengthened very astutely and with Chelsea having Mourinho back they can’t be discounted.

Scott: What do you think of former United youth product David Fox?

Nathan: David Fox is an excellent midfield quarter back with a great eye for a pass. He was instrumental in our promotion to the Premier League and in our first season there. Last season though he hardly got a look in due to the system that Chris Hughton played. He went for strength in midfield which isn’t really Foxy’s game and with the signing of Leroy Fer, I think his future at City doesn’t look bright. He’ll always be remembered for his pin point pass to allow Simeon Jackson to score against Portsmouth – the goal that saw us promoted to the PL.

Scott: Most newly promoted clubs in the PL struggle. What has been behind Norwich’s success?

Nathan: The secret to our success in the first couple of seasons back in the PL is a bit of a cliche but it was team spirit and effort. The majority of players, especially in the first season had no PL experience and they played above their perceived ability levels. Grant Holt summed this up when the ex-tyre fitter from Carlisle, who has scored in all four divisions, scored 15 PL goals in that first season. It seems that if you can survive a season in the PL, popular wisdom suggests that you might well survive a few more. With the signings made in this window I feel we can now establish ourselves as a PL side.

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About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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3 Comments

  1. Keano16 says:

    MIDFIELD QUARTER BACK?

  2. daniel18387 says:

    Hi Keano16, he means to collect the ball at the base of midfield and then pick out a forward player with a pin point pass…I don’t think Tuckster is a fan of American Football, just a metaphor.

  3. The Truth says:

    Couple of eye-catching signings in Leroy Fer and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel. Heard good things about both. Will be interesting to see how they do in England.

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