‘It’s not all about you’ – New boys must buy into City’s team spirit, warns Godfrey

Ben Godfrey, second left, has spoken about the importance of team spirit in the Norwich City dressing room Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Ben Godfrey, second left, has spoken about the importance of team spirit in the Norwich City dressing room Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

The team comes first in the Norwich City dressing room, Ben Godfrey has warned any potential new signings considering joining the club in the Premier League.

Godfrey knows that united spirit as well as anyone after being supported by more experienced centre-backs Timm Klose and Grant Hanley as he kept them out of the starting XI during the second half of City's great season.

"You've got to think about your team-mates, it's not all about you," Godfrey said. "That's been a massive factor this year, to sacrifice yourself for others.

"You can't just come into this team and be an individual, that's one thing I'd definitely tell a new signing."

The England Under-20 international has been one of the beneficiaries of the club's new direction under sporting director Stuart Webber and head coach Daniel Farke, with more young players getting a chance amid the club necessary cost cutting.

"The club went through massive changes, as well all know, and it took a while for it to work out but fair play to Stuart Webber and the club for being patient with it," Godfrey continued.

"It's paid off massively as we all know, with promotion. At the time maybe signing players that we've not heard of seems risky but you've got to trust the people behind the scenes, the recruitment staff.

"That shows how good they are at their job, signing Mario (Vrancic), Teemu Pukki, it's no coincidence that all these players can come in and just click because they know what they are looking for. It's been a long two years of ups and downs to try and get this philosophy to work but it's paid off."

Farke still had to be brave to gives the likes of Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis and Todd Cantwell those chances though - with Godfrey full of praise for his boss.

"He's really relaxed, to be honest," the 21-year-old added. "He is fun but he demands high standards and a very high work-rate as well, that's important to him first and foremost.

"But he sticks to his philosophy no matter what, which is good because you know what you are doing and you know what he expects all the time. He's good to work under because he gives you that confidence and that sense of freedom as well, especially as a young lad."

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