Etuhu - New faces can give us a lift

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 December 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 14 September 2010

Dickson Etuhu has backed manager Peter Grant's plans to splash the cash in the January transfer window. The 24-year-old is very keen to see new faces arrive at Carrow Road next month to get the Canaries' season back on track after losing three consecutive league games before today's trip to Wolves.

Norwich City midfielder Dickson Etuhu has backed manager Peter Grant's plans to splash the cash in the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old is very keen to see new faces arrive at Carrow Road next month to get the Canaries' season back on track after losing three consecutive league games before today's trip to Wolves.

City have dropped to 16th place in the Championship table prompting many fans to abandon talk of any promotion prospects but the midfield powerhouse insists that with the right arrivals in January, Norwich will shoot back up the table.

“Bringing more players to the club will obviously help us as a whole and help get us promoted and that's what we want so it can't be a bad thing,” said Etuhu. “It keeps everyone on their toes and the most important thing for us at the moment is to get back up that league table.”

Grant has indicated that he is looking to bring in four new players next month to strengthen a squad that has struggled to cope with injuries this season.

Etuhu added that he does not see the arrival of new players as a threat on his place in the starting line-up. He said: “It's always in the back of your mind that someone is going to come in and replace you but I try not to think of that and give everything that I can every day and just let my football get me through it.

“The players don't really talk about new players coming in - we're just trying to get on with it but I think we'll see some players coming here soon.”

The Nigerian-born midfielder has had to play with painkilling injections due a badly bruised big toe in recent weeks but said he is now coming to terms with the injury.

“It's not 100 per cent but I'm trying to get through it. I'm having painkillers and the odd injection when I can't take the pain. I broke the same toe last season and I was injecting it for the last four games which gave me that chance to work hard and get into the team for this season. But it just seems to have come back somehow.

“I've not broken it again but it's badly bruised. It does affect my touch especially when it's numb but I've kind of got round it now but when it first happened it affected me mentally.”

The Canaries desperately need Etuhu to rediscover his best form over the festive period - today's match was the first of four in 10 days.

But Etuhu said the players will not use the packed schedule as an excuse for failure and expects Norwich to climb the table.

“It's tough but we do it every year so it's no excuse. We need to win games more than ever to climb up that table.

“It's never over in this league - if you can win three, four or five games you're back up the league and we have to take advantage of that.”

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