Omozusi set to wow City faithful
David Cuffley Elliot Omozusi is set for his first outing in Norwich City colours tomorrow night - billed by his new boss as one of the most exciting signings by a Championship club this summer.
Elliot Omozusi is set for his first outing in Norwich City colours tomorrow night - billed by his new boss as one of the most exciting signings by a Championship club this summer.
The 19-year-old full-back from Fulham, who has joined the Canaries on a season-long loan, looks likely to face Falkenbergs FF at Stafsinge (7pm CET) in the second match of their Swedish tour.
Manager Glenn Roeder believes that in Omozusi and Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand, 19 next month and on loan until January 1, he has secured the services of potentially the two best young full-backs in the Premier League.
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"I'm very grateful to Roy Hodgson at Fulham for allowing Elliot to come to us on a year's loan," said Roeder.
"There's going to be a great battle for the right-back spot, as it is over at left-back with Ryan Bertrand joining us again. Potentially, Elliot and Ryan, two 19-year-olds, are probably the best two young full-backs in the Premiership, and coming to play for us this year.
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"I'm very excited about both signings but particularly young Omozusi because we've been chipping away at this one for so long and Roy was very helpful. He said he couldn't do anything until he got a more experienced right-back in and as soon as John Pantsil signed from West Ham I was on the phone again and we were given an opportunity to speak to him.
"Thankfully he chose Norwich and I'm sure he's made the right decision."
Assistant manager Lee Clark was still a Fulham player when Omozusi began progressing through the ranks.
"Lee's watched his career progress. We started watching him last year and it has taken an incredible amount of hard work - I can't tell you how much - to get him to Norwich. There were an awful lot of clubs chasing him and he was pleasantly surprised how many clubs did want him," said Roeder.
"When I met him, just as Lee said, he's a very quiet unassuming person with his feet fully on the ground, but Lee said that when he plays he's a different person completely, he comes alive and he's very highly motivated, energetic and a good talker for a player who is only 19."
Bertrand is not in Sweden but Adam Drury will play some part in tomorrow's match, with Roeder's problems at centre-half rather than full-back.
Jason Shackell and Gary Doherty are both under treatment for ankle injuries after hobbling off in Saturday's 2-1 win over Ahlafors IF.
With Michael Spillane also sidelined by a groin injury and new signing Dejan Stefanovic not with the party in Sweden, Roeder may be without a recognised centre-half.
Shackell suffered a nasty ankle injury when he was the victim of a late challenge in the first half against Ahlafors, while Doherty was injured in stoppage time in the build-up to City's winning goal.
"Jason has an ankle injury. It was a bad tackle. It was late and clumsy," said Roeder. "It was an accident but he's got a swollen ankle which would make him very doubtful for Tuesday, and Doc is the same.
"The goal came from that situation when Doc got brought down but Doc's ankle is swollen.
"Michael Spillane's got a groin injury that will keep him out for two or three weeks, so the centre-back pairing on Tuesday should be interesting. I wouldn't think there will be too much height in it.
"It's possible we're going to have players starting in positions that are not familiar to them, the way that Sammy Clingan had to fill in at centre-back on Saturday.
"I actually thought he did very well there when he dropped back. So we'll see what the injuries are like and we'll see what we can get out on Tuesday night."
Republic of Ireland winger Wes Hoolahan was rested for the first tour match after suffering a slight thigh strain in the 8-1 win at Gorleston last Wednesday, but could also figure.