‘I came here to play, not to watch’ - Drmic feels fit and determined to help City

PUBLISHED: 06:30 08 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:47 08 March 2020

Norwich City striker Josip Drmic was thwarted by Sheffield United keeper Dean Henderson and striker David McGoldrick during a goal-mouth scramble at Bramall Lane 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City striker Josip Drmic was thwarted by Sheffield United keeper Dean Henderson and striker David McGoldrick during a goal-mouth scramble at Bramall Lane Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Josip Drmic is ‘hungry’ for more chances to show what he can do for Norwich City, after another determined display from the fit-again striker during Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Sheffield United.

The 27-year-old scored and played the full 120 minutes of Wednesday's FA Cup fifth round success at Tottenham, after some spirited substitute appearances since returning from two months out with a hamstring injury.

After his limited game-time that meant the Switzerland international was back on the bench for Premier League action at Bramall Lane, but he was introduced at half-time and contributed to an improved performance in the second half.

"I wish that I got more minutes, I came here to play, not to watch," Drmic said after the defeat, having been signed on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.

"I've had little problems from the beginning, had some problems with the muscles, because of the switch and the intensity of the training and the league, I had to adapt.

Josip Drmic came on at half-time for Norwich at Sheffield United Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesJosip Drmic came on at half-time for Norwich at Sheffield United Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

"But now I'm totally ready, also for the games, I think I'm ready, my body is ready - and I am hungry.

"What I want to say is: you see me on the pitch, I run, I live for this, I go in every duel and try to do my best.

"But it depends on the coach what is in the future, I can just be ready and waiting for my chances, but I think I did okay, well, in the last minutes that I got.

"I think I delivered, it just depends on the club how many minutes they give me."

Drmic has scored three goals in 16 games but his only two starts have been in the FA Cup, scoring at Spurs and in the 2-1 win at Burnley in the fourth round, however his game time works out to less than five games in total.

That's due to his injury issues continuing, the problems which have held back a career which has featured 10 goals in 32 games for Switzerland and finishing as the third highest scorer in the Bundesliga for Nuernberg in 2014.

Nine goals in 25 games since the start of the 2017-18 season proves Drmic knows where the back of the net is, if he can just stay fit consistently - and if Blades keeper Dean Henderson isn't in his way as part of a superb triple save from Ben Godfrey, Mario Vrancic and Drmic.

"I was just trying, after I came on, to give everything for my team," he continued. "I tried to be ready from the first minute but it was so close, really close (Henderson's save), I was in front of the line.

"We and I couldn't put the ball over the line and I'm just disappointed about this situation and everything.

"But what was positive for me and my team-mates was that we put everything into getting this goal to make it 1-1, but we weren't successful.

"Maybe a little bit unlucky, maybe next time, but I liked how we acted in the second half. We were ready to be different to how we were in the first half.

"In the first half we did things that we don't normally do but the second half was a great reaction."

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