Robert Snodgrass knows from experience it takes times to adapt to the Premier League – but he has no doubts Luciano Becchio will prove a valuable addition soon enough.

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The pair, team-mates at Leeds United, started together as Norwich City players for the first time in Saturday’s goalless draw with Fulham.

Becchio played 86 minutes before making way for Kei Kamara, but had a rather thankless task as a lone striker on his full home debut.

However, having successfully made the adjustment from Championship to Premier League over the summer himself, Snodgrass believes it won’t be long before Becchio is showing the City faithful the best he has to offer.

“I’ve just spoken to Luciano in there and he said it was tough,” said Snodgrass. “It was his first time playing in the Premier League and in that tempo.

“You need to get up to the speed of things and he has not really played many games in the last few weeks as such, so I think you will see the best of him in the next three or four weeks, once he gets up to the speed of the way we are training and different things.

“I’ve seen him score a hat-trick out of absolutely nothing against Middlesbrough, so I know what he can do. You’ve just got to get the ball in the right areas for him to score.”

The strike options available to Chris Hughton enjoyed something of a winter make-over, with Steve Morison departing for Leeds and Harry Kane returning to Tottenham – while Becchio’s arrival was accompanied by on-loan Kei Kamara, who also racked up a home debut with his late cameo against the Cottagers.

And Snodgrass expects City’s new options to make a difference.

“Becchio has come here with a great goal ratio and the big boy Kamara has come on and shown us what he can do in a little spell when he came on for his little cameo, so I think the manager is making the signings and he has been in the game a long time, so he knows what signings to make and I believe if we start taking our chances we will be fine,” he said.

“I’ve not seen enough of Kei as I’ve been away on international duty and have not really seen that much of him, but it is probably one of those ones where I think as the course of time goes on he will get more chances here.

“He made an impact, he is big and he looks strong, he will attack things and I think that’s what we need.”

The question now is whether Hughton opts to play two strikers – as he suggested he would have done on Saturday before Grant Holt’s untimely back injury – or pick and choose who to play off Wes Hoolahan.

“It’s up to the manager to decide how but I know both Luciano and Grant are out and out goalscorers, so it only bodes well for Norwich City,” Snodgrass added.

“I think in the first two minutes of the game on Saturday where I whipped one right across the face of goal, you would think with two strikers in there you have got a better chance of scoring.

“The manager picks the team and as a midfielder, you need to do is shift and that will continue throughout the season.”

22 comments

  • Yup. Mainly this bit: "you would think with two strikers in there you have got a better chance of scoring."

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Can anyone explain what that last quote actually means? “The manager picks the team and as a midfielder, you need to do is shift and that will continue throughout the season.”??? Bad editing or an actual sentence that would typify a footballer saying key words in a random order and hoping we all know what he means?

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    PepperJ17

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • I must admit, KentAnglian, that Cinnamon didn`t enter my thoughts. Then, if it had not been for his spectacular burst of goals 2 seasons ago, we wouldn`t even be in the Prem. I`m disappointed that he hasn`t been able to deliver - or has had insufficient opportunity to do so - this season. Nice one.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Maybe upset amongst the ranks? Perhaps the players have been chipping in with their own ideas that maybe two strikers might in fact mean more goals? Who knows. All I know is that our next game I am almost willing to bet my house that we will still have one up front.

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    wisemanthree

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • It may be heresy, but I'm beginning to think that in this line up at this level Wes is beguiling and exciting as a player but ineffectual - I'm not convinced we would miss much if he was dropped compared to what we could gain from having two up front ...

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    SussexYellow

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • A portent! BECCH1-0. Play him instead of H 0-0 LAHAN. What good would H 0-0 PER have been?? What we need is MES 5-1!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • That ploy worked for Trapper Tony`s ROI team, goldie. So worth a try? Agree on Snods, terrific work ethic.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • It might be a good idea if Holt didn't have cover for Garido when opposition had a corner. If he stayed near the centre circle, that would take 2 people like Samba out of their attack to cover him straight away!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Yes, KentAnglian, Snods seems to rise above the banal in his comments, doesn`t he? The statistics belie the notion that we don`t get service in to the striker(s); Snods is at or near the top of the pile in that respect. But where is the poor "striker"? Worn out from toiling away as a quasi-midfield workhorse or shoring up the defence. That`s when he`s not trying to fulfill his other role as an extra right winger, to please his old chum Bewilderwood. Oh, for Culverhouse`s savvy & energy as support for Hoots.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • smalltownboy, there`s an old saying "Analysis kills love as well as other things". I`m not sure what it means and I`m scared to get too analytical....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • It seems that Robert has taken over from Russell Martin as the team press spokesman just lately. I am sure also that he is trying to get messages across to his boss. Certainly making a case for two strikers here and in a previous article he mentioned that he had put in 16 crosses against QPR and there was no one to get on the end of them, plus he was working his way down the wing in the hope of winning a free kick so that at least we would have people in the box.

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    Kent Anglian

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • I forgot to mention thats it's a hell of a long run from our goalline to the other penalty area and I for one would be out of puff!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Dare we try 4-3-3?

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    wisemanthree

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Or another thought, that when we have played with 2 strikers this season, it hasn't worked (villa, luton), food for thought mutli account members....

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    NorthCity

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Two forwards and Hooly on the bench as a fresh pair of legs with 30 minutes to go would be good. The half backs just need to put in more effort, this doesn't include Snoddy who always puts in a good shift.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Indeed lads. So Holt gets injured + we have to completely change our whole game plan then Chris? I don't spose it's occured to you that as Holty gets older he's going to pick up these little niggles more + more? You couldn't have found someone else to play upfront with Beccs? Give me strength....

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Can anyone explain what that last quote actually means? “The manager picks the team and as a midfielder, you need to do is shift and that will continue throughout the season.”??? Bad editing or an actual sentence that would typify a footballer saying key words in a random order and hoping we all know what he means?

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    PepperJ17

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • It may have been buried under lots of wording, but I think deep down in there I noticed a dig in the ribs of Hughton regarding his formation.

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    wisemanthree

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • You could be onto something Sussex. I'll try anything. How about 4-4-2 with Holt + Beccs upfront + Hooli on the bench? About 30 mins to go, if we're drawing bring Hooli on to support the front 2 + go all out for the winner (s) against a tired oppo defence? Yes, we'll lose a bit of holding power in midfield, but cos we're pressing them higher up the pitch, they'll be less able to mount attacks against us. Anything's better than the current 10 men behind the ball with 1 upfront that we're currently using.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • There seems to be too much analysing by everyone on here...Trust in Hoots, he is the right man and we will still be in the premiership next season. Whatever formation he adopts will attract criticism...To give the man some credit, he was intending to play Becchio and Holt last saturday.

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    smalltownboy

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • I kind of agree Sussex. When we were on that long unbeaten run and winning games Wes was playing superbly and pulling all the strings. I think his form has dipped (as it is wont to do) and I think giving him a rest is not a bad idea. I also think that Hooper was intended more as Hoolahan's replacement than Holt's.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • You forgot JACK5-0N, Brew. Or maybe you didn't? That would be wishful thinking!

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    Kent Anglian

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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