Otsemobor - the backroom motor

CHRIS LAKEY Jon Otsemobor has brought a new attacking presence to Norwich City's right flank - but don't count on him getting a hatful of goals himself this season.

CHRIS LAKEY

Jon Otsemobor has brought a new attacking presence to Norwich City's right flank - but don't count on him getting a hatful of goals himself this season.

The summer signing is clearly happy to be a provider rather than a finisher - although that will delight the likes of Jamie Cureton, who was on the mark just a couple of minutes into the Carling Cup rout of Barnet in midweek, thanks to Otsemobor's cross from the right.

The former Crewe defender's attacking instincts, characterised by some pacy runs down the right wing, caused chaos down Barnet's left, as their manager Paul Fairclough admitted.


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But four goals in 75 league starts suggests Otsemobor prefers it that way, rather than cutting inside and having a go himself.

“I think it depends on how the game is going,” he said. “If I'm attacking and I get myself in a goal scoring position yes, but I am not going to count on myself getting many goals.”

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That will be left to the numerous attacking options, like Cureton, Chris Brown, David Strihavka, Chris Martin, Dion Diublin, Chris Martin and maybe Darren Huckerby when he's fit.

“It depends on the formation the gaffer decides to play,” Otsemobor added. “We have a lot of attackers, good quality attackers as well, so it is good options especially going forward.

“That is one of the reasons the manager brought me here - because I am a very attacking full back and given the opportunity and the state of the game I definitely will be attacking a lot.”

The win over Barnet was the first time Otsemobor had played alongside fellow summer recruit Cureton, but it hasn't taken long for him to discover just what made the striker the most potent scorer in the Championship last season.

“He looks like the sort of person who is completely different from the likes of Browny and Dion, he looks like he will get you goals,” said Otsemobor. “He might not be involved a lot in games, but he will get you goals. That is something we need.”

Cureton's double helped City into the second round draw, and Otsemobor is not of the school that believes that Carling Cup success is for the big clubs only and therefore to be treated with disdain.

“I think it is an important cup,” he said. “It's a trophy, it's silverware and I don't think any of the lads will be taking it lightly in that respect. I think we will be going into the games with the right attitude and the right work ethic and hopefully we will do well in the competition.”

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