Colin has it all to play for
PUBLISHED: 14:05 21 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:31 14 September 2010
Jürgen Colin will be given every chance to make Norwich City's problem position his own as the Coca-Cola Championship season draws nearer. With the opening match at Leeds a fortnight tomorrow, the right-back role remains one of the big question marks in manager Nigel Worthington's planning.
Jürgen Colin will be given every chance to make Norwich City's problem position his own as the Coca-Cola Championship season draws nearer.
With the opening match at Leeds a fortnight tomorrow, the right-back role remains one of the big question marks in manager Nigel Worthington's planning.
Dutch defender Colin, 25, was one of six players used in that position last season, with Matthieu Louis-Jean, on-loan David Wright, club captain Craig Fleming, Rossi Jarvis and Michael Spillane all tried at different stages.
Colin, a £250,000 signing from PSV Eindhoven a year ago today, made 26 senior appearances - but only one of them came after the end of January, and that was on the final day of the campaign at home to Wolves.
Worthington admitted this week he had inquired about taking Arsenal full-back Justin Hoyte on loan, but in the absence of any new faces nearly 12 weeks after the end of last season, Colin, who played more than an hour in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Livingston, gets another chance to stake his claim at Falkirk tomorrow (3pm).
“Up to now we've tried to give everyone at least 20 minutes or half an hour in games, but we're narrowing it down a bit in terms of our line-up and getting ready for the first game,” said Worthington.
“Jürgen has done everything we've asked of him and had a good pre-season. He seems to have got to grips with the intensity of the training and he's very much up for the challenge.”
Worthington also confirmed that goalkeeper Paul Gallacher would get the bulk of the action in the remaining three pre-season games, with Newcastle at Carrow Road for Fleming's testimonial on Wednesday night and Northampton the visitors a week tomorrow.
Gallacher and Joe Lewis shared goalkeeping duties in friendlies at Fakenham and Cambridge, but Gallacher played the full 90 minutes at Livingston.
“Paul will play all the games from now on as we want to get him in the groove. Both Paul and Joe have worked very hard and we've been very impressed, and Robert Green is working hard on his recovery at Colney.”
If City's likely back five is close to being finalised, places in midfield and in attack are still very much up for grabs with no fewer than six different players scoring in the first three pre-season games.
Patrick Bexfield and Rossi Jarvis have “minor strains” and will miss tomorrow's match.
Falkirk warmed up for the Canaries' visit with a 4-1 victory in their latest friendly at Raith.
Portuguese pair, striker Pedro Moutinho and midfielder Vitor Lima, scored the first two goals and victory was wrapped up by Liam Craig and Darren Barr.
It was certainly a less troublesome match than the final game of Falkirk's pre-season tour of Holland, against Turkish side Rizespor.
The game started late because the Turks failed to show and then the match officials walked off twice, in the second instance to abandon the game with the score at 1-1.
They left the field first after a Rizespor player appeared to head-butt a Falkirk player, sparking a mass brawl. Then, after returning to the pitch without showing any red or yellow cards, the officials called the game off because a streaker twice interrupted play, in the second case to celebrate Falkirk's equaliser a minute after half-time.
Falkirk have announced their own inquiry into the incidents and managing director George Craig said: “We are particularly angry for the inconvenience and possible additional cost that this has caused the many Falkirk fans who have made the trip to Holland.”
Falkirk (possible squad) - Lambers, Higgins, Ross, Twaddle, Cregg, Tiago, Milne, Lima, Gow, Moutinho, Latapy, Craig, Barr, Scobbie, McStay, Dodd, Ireland, Moffat.
Norwich City (likely squad) - Gallacher, Lewis, Colin, Spillane, Doherty, Shackell, Fleming, Drury, Henderson, Etuhu, Safri, Robinson, Hughes, Huckerby, McVeigh, Thorne, Robinson, Ryan Jarvis, McKenzie, Earnshaw.
City Under-18s step up their preparations for the new season when they face Ridgeons League team Diss Town at Brewers Green Lane tomorrow (3pm).