JJ looks to stick with Norwich
CHRIS WISE Jonatan Johansson revealed today that he would consider a full-time move to Carrow Road. At the moment it's very much a case of 'getting to know you' on both sides, with the 30-year-old Charlton striker having joined the Canaries on loan until the end of the season.
Jonatan Johansson revealed today that he would consider a full-time move to Carrow Road.
At the moment it's very much a case of 'getting to know you' on both sides, with the 30-year-old Charlton striker having joined the Canaries on loan until the end of the season.
But things have gone well so far, with Johansson scoring a good goal against Ipswich before helping his new club to positive results against Hull and Brighton. And if City wanted him on a permanent basis during the summer then the Finnish international would certainly be prepared to talk.
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“Definitely,” said Johansson, whose contract with Charlton expires at the end of the current campaign.
“I said from the very beginning that this could be the case of the club having a closer look at me, and the other way round too.
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“So far it's been very positive. I have settled in very well. It's nice for me to be playing again and I am really enjoying myself here.
“If we can keep getting the wins we need it will be even better. It's a great club and I'm really enjoying myself.
“It takes time to get going - but physically I feel fine. I have got a few games under my belt now so hopefully I can push forward.”
As for the future, much will depend of course on whether the Canaries are keen to do business themselves and Johansson was understandably keen to keep his options open when pressed further on his plans for the future.
He is clearly determined to continue his career in the English game, but has no intention of counting any chickens just yet.
“To be honest I am keeping an open mind on the subject, that's the best way to put it,” he said. “I came here to play some football and to do my best for Norwich City. At the end of the season I will see where I am.
“My contract at Charlton is up at the end of the season so I will have a decision to make.
“What I do know is that I would like to stay in the UK. I have been over here for nine years now and feel very settled here. I also like the football.”
For the time being Johansson is following the age-old football motto of taking one game at a time, and wants to see the Canaries follow up Tuesday's 3-0 victory over Brighton with another three points against Derby this Saturday.
“You know it's always going to be difficult when you have a bad run to get that first win,” he said.
“It was an important win and that's the main thing - the three points. It didn't matter how it came in the end. Hopefully we can now get on a run.
“I thought we played well on Tuesday up until the point where we scored the first goal. Then there were a number of nervous moments.
“I think that's quite normal and expected, to be fair. You see the same thing when very good teams have problems winning. If you win, it brings confidence and hopefully now we've got that win we can build on it Saturday. Hopefully we won't be that nervous and we will go on and win the game.”
If City managed to pick up another victory against the Rams they would move to within nine points of sixth-placed Preston, having played two more games. Reaching the play-offs would be a tall order even then, but having seen the quality in the Norwich squad Johansson isn't ruling anything out just yet.
“When I came here I looked at the players around me and I thought this should be a top Championship side,” he said. “With the quality here we should definitely be pushing for promotion.
“Hopefully we still can, even though we know it's going to difficult to reach the play-offs now.
“All we can do is take one game at a time, try and win it - and see where it takes us.”
As well as the play-offs Johansson also has half an eye on Finland's European Championship campaign which will be getting under way during the summer with matches coming up against Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Serbia & Montenegro, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Kazakhstan.
He has been a regular in the Finnish squad for nearly 10 years now and will be hoping to get the call from new boss Roy Hodgson when the warm-up fixtures get under way.
“We have got a new manager and there are some friendlies coming up so we will have to wait and see whether he still wants the old guard around,” he said. “I certainly want to carry on playing for my country, that's for sure.
“We had a bad qualification record last time around, which was very disappointing considering the quality of players we have got at our disposal these days.
“But we've got a decent draw in the European Championships and hopefully we can do much better this time around.”