One of the downsides to securing the services of a crop of new faces is the struggle for fans to perfect suitable songs form them, a problem even more paramount at Carrow Road since they finally ditched the cringing embarrassment that was ‘goal music’. It should be played out thus: player scores, we celebrate, player receives his song. With six goals going in during the midweek Capital One win against Bury, it was clear that there is still some work to do on this front.
Loanee Johan Elmander gets the Sloop John B treatment (yawn) with the sadly reflective ‘He’s the Swedish Grant Holt’. Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s anthem is pending and Leroy Fer’s Livin’ On A Prayer contains the monumentally duff line ‘He’s over there’. Then there’s Gary Hooper and Martin Olsson to sort. Nathan Redmond on the other hand, currently has two songs. One is the truly lazy ‘Da da da da da… Nathan Redmond’ (I believe a 2 Unlimited track) and a rather sprawling ‘We all love Nathan Redmond’ that no one seems to know the words to.
Still, it is rather fitting that England Under-21 wide man has a pair of chants as Nathan Redmond looks like becoming a permanent face in the City side. Able to switch flanks, the predominantly left-sided midfielder has real pace. More prone to cutting infield than a byline crosser, Redmond loves to bear down on goal and is not afraid to shoot either, which has been a problem with some Norwich wide men. The only teeny weeny criticism is that sometimes his confidence gets the better of him when team mates are in more advantageous positions. But then, no one minds a hog, if the hog scores.
All the local and national interest has been in the £8.5 million striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel than Redmond, but it’s the little fella – signed for a mere £2million from Hughton’s former paymasters Birmingham – with his fine line in stepovers, who has adapted to life quicker. RVW has good positioning and is dangerous in the air, but a goal on his debut aside, he has yet to get fully into his stride. However if Redmond continues on this trajectory The Wolf will surely get some food and Redmond may soon see a full international call up.
Another new face is that of box-to-box centre midfielder Leroy Fer, the Dutchman joining Norwich from FC Twente. Played behind his fellow countryman RVW in a forward position in the away defeat at Hull, Fer was placed into the centre of midfield for Saturday’s home win against Southampton. Fer was quite simply, excellent. A more cultured player than the hard-working Bradley Johnson with a decent shot Fer is already displaying more speed and aggression than Jonny Howson and has a head seemingly more leveled than the sometimes scrappy Alexander Tettey. Fer looks like a genuine midfield general and a possibly a future captain in a Norwich midfield that looks much more offensive and robust than previous teams. The fans better think of a decent song for Fer quick, or the goal music could soon be recalled.