Holt can be Norwich City idol, says Roberts

PUBLISHED: 22:33 11 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:35 10 September 2010

Jonathan Redhead

One of Norwich City's greatest ever goalscorers believes Grant Holt can emulate him and become a true Carrow Road favourite.

Iwan Roberts, who sits third in the list of all-time Canaries goal-getters with 96 goals in 306 appearances between 1997 and 2004, says he sees a lot of himself in the current City number nine and skipper.

One of Norwich City's greatest ever goalscorers believes Grant Holt can emulate him and become a true Carrow Road favourite.

Iwan Roberts, who sits third in the list of all-time Canaries goal-getters with 96 goals in 306 appearances between 1997 and 2004, says he sees a lot of himself in the current City number nine and skipper.

And Roberts thinks Holt's all-action style will endear the centre forward to the Canaries faithful just as he enjoyed their adulation during his seven successful years in Norfolk.

“I've seen a couple of games that have been on TV and I've seen a couple of his goals and he seems like an honest lad,” Roberts said.

“I think we're of similar stature and he's obviously got an eye for goal and he has proven that in the past.

“He looks a good honest lad and wears his heart on his sleeve and if he continues to do that the supporters will take to him.

“He'll make a few mistakes like everybody does. He might miss a few chances, but if he puts that honest endeavour in, they'll forgive him anything.”

Roberts was back at Carrow Road recently for a gentleman's dinner, but will not return to the club as a pundit for BBC Wales unless the Canaries can heave themselves back into the Championship where he commentates on the likes of Swansea City and Cardiff City.

But the Welshman feels City have the ability to be in the promotion shake-up at the end of the season, despite their nightmare start to the campaign which saw Bryan Gunn sacked after just one league game - the 7-1 home humiliation against Colchester United. “I don't get back that often and I won't get back at all this year with the club in League One, but it's always nice coming back to Norfolk,” Roberts said. “It's been a bit of a mixed bag for Norwich really.

“It was a horrendous start and then everything that happened with Gunny. It disappointed me really what happened with Gunny but I can't say too much about that.

“But they've picked up and shown a little bit more consistency.

“If they can string a few results together there's no reason why they can't get back up there and hopefully get into a play-off position.

“And you never know if they can put a really good run together then they can maybe catch Charlton and Leeds before they open a bit of a gap.”

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