Fans should lay off Huckerby

John Wilkinson, NCISA WhilE I respect that every fan has a right to their opinion, the quickness of some to have a moan about Darren Huckerby when he was not on the team sheet last Saturday must represent a new level of fickleness for a group of Canary supporters.

John Wilkinson, NCISA

WhilE I respect that every fan has a right to their opinion, the quickness of some to have a moan about Darren Huckerby when he was not on the team sheet last Saturday must represent a new level of fickleness for a group of Canary supporters.

Get off Huckerby's back. There have been times when Huckerby alone has given hope to Canary fans.

His skill and enthusiasm has been a joy to watch and his contribution rates amongst the very best for those of us who have supported Norwich City for over 50 years.


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The early season injury certainly did not help the team or Huckerby and some of us have suspected that he might still be carrying it as the season has progressed.

However, even with Huckerby not at his very best opposing managers have found it necessary to put two, or sometimes three players on duty to try and stop his runs.

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He remains the player fouled more than any other Norwich player.

At present manager Glen Roeder sees it necessary to play with only one out and out winger.

Instead of having a go at Darren Huckerby these fans should join the rest of us in congratulating Lee Croft for raising his game so that he gets the sole winger role in the team.

This is the essence of building a strong team squad so that everyone has to fight for a place in the starting eleven and maintain high standards to keep their place.

Transfers and loans have their part to play.

The transfer window system is so complex that managers, players and their agents may have no more certainty than us about what the position will be at midnight on the 31st January.

We all know is that January 2008 demonstrates the stranglehold of wages in the Premier League.

Few of us as fans can accept that skilled players find satisfaction in picking up their wages, training during the week and then doing their shopping on a Saturday afternoon when a loan to another club can offer first team football.

Glen Roeder has achieved so much in a very short time.

By next Thursday evening we will see if the manager's contacts in the game, together with skilled negotiations and the willingness of the Norwich board to match words with the necessary money can consolidate his earlier work.

Will the events of next week encourage City fans to make early renewals of their seats for next season?

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