Writer: Lloyd Reddin
Date:Saturday September 28 2013
Editor Lloyd Reddin has travelled East this week to East Anglia via the internet airways to interview Vital Norwich`s co-Editor Nathan Tuck before this weekend`s Premier League encounter between Stoke and Norwich. The Canaries editor has shared all his pre-match thoughts and season expectations.
1. How do you feel about your work in the transfer window?
I think that Norwich did pretty well in this most recent window. We certainly spent more than the club have ever spent before and I think we`ve recruited what we needed. Last season we really struggled to score goals and more attacking options were a must. Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper should hopefully do that and we`ve also loaned in Johan Elmander from Galatasary as well as the shrewd signing of young Nathan Redmond.
2. After your loss on Saturday and with some boos ringing around Carrow Round rumours are swirling around that if Chris Hughton loses at the Brit on Sunday then he could be shown the door, what are your feelings about this?
I think it`s all very premature and just paper talk. The source of this "story" seems to be The Daily Mirror, so a large pinch of salt needs to be taken. I have no doubt that the board were disappointed every bit as much as the fans were with the loss to Paul Lambert`s Villa, but they are not prone to knee jerk reactions like Sunderland clearly are. If anything, City have, in the past, allowed certain managers too much time after their sell by date and I think things will have to be a whole lot worse to consider sacking CH.
3. Hughton has come out and said that van Wolfswinkel (the best name in football) was supposed to take the penalty on the weekend, Is Hughton struggling to show his authority?
I don`t think so, it seems that RvW was the preferred penalty taker but on the day, Robert Snodgrass "pulled rank". Maybe Ricky should`ve demanded the ball but CH is not the sort of bloke who does his talking through the press if he has something to say to the players. He says it`s been dealt with, so I have to take him at his word.
4. What are your expectations for the coming season?
Hmm, before the start I was hoping for top ten. Now? after a poor run of results I would be happy to comfortably stay in the League. Of course, it is still very early and too soon to panic. We`ve bought some quality players and they need time to gel, I know that`s a cliché but it`s true.
5. Who is your danger man?
The most exciting new player is Nathan Redmond. He has pace to burn and is skilful and tricky on the ball. He is still young though, so he isn`t going to be brilliant every game but he certainly has the potential to play for England in the future.
6. What would you say your strengths are as a team?
Our strengths under Hughton seem to be being organised and defensively minded. CH always sets us up not to concede and if we get a goal it`s a bonus, certainly away from home anyway.
7. What would you say your weaknesses are as a team?
Being adventurous and attacking minded. CH has had some stick from the fans for not pushing his team forward enough. With Redmond, Snodgrass and RvW in his front line I think that they/we have a point!
8. Which player (s) do you fear from the Stoke City side?
I`ve always liked Peter Crouch, ever since he spent 3 months on loan at City when he was a Villa player, he`s always a handful. However, Kenwyne Jones is always a problem for us. He doesn`t seem to play too much but causes us all sorts of trouble when he does get on against us, he`s just so big and strong.
9. Is there any Stoke players you would like to add to your squad?
Ryan Shawcross is a terrific defender and centre defence is an area we could do with strengthening. He`s very aware, great in the air and knows where the goal is too.
10. How do you think Stoke will do this season?
I think that under Mark Hughes you could do quite well. You are one of the teams that I measure City`s success against in terms of League position. Hughes seems to have started quite well, so I reckon you`ll be a comfortable mid table placing.
11. What is your likely line-up for the match?
Ruddy, Garrido, Bennett, Turner, Whittaker, Snodgrass, Fer, Howson, Redmond, Hooper, RvW. That`s my best guess anyway.
12. Finally, what`s your score prediction for the match?
We never get anything at the Britannia, so I reckon the best we`ll get is a 1-1 draw - I`d take that now!
Thanks to Nathan for taking time out to answer our questions. You can read Editor Lloyd Reddin`s response HERE
Date:Saturday September 28 2013
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