Ryan: I can solve City's striker problem

CHRIS LAKEY Canaries on-loan striker Ryan Jarvis says he can solve Norwich City's attacking problems when he returns to Carrow Road in a fortnight's time.


Canaries on-loan striker Ryan Jarvis says he can solve Norwich City's attacking problems when he returns to Carrow Road in a fortnight's time.

The 20-year-old has scored five goals in his last two games on loan at League One side Leyton Orient - just as City boss Peter Grant is crying out for more strikers. But Jarvis believes he could be the answer to Grant's problems by continuing his form when he returns to the Canaries fold after a month away.

"I am very confident I can," he said. "It's what I needed, this little break. I have played three 90 minutes in a week now and every time I am on the pitch I just feel as sharp as I have ever been, I feel as fit as I have ever been.

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"I have just not stopped running over the whole 90 minutes, so I feel that if I come back here and I get the opportunity to play I can produce the same form.

"It is just like when I got thrown in I thought I did well when I came on under the gaffer - it is just getting a run of games, two or three games, in football which sets you up a bit. Then if you get a goal you get more confidence and everything starts ticking.

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"I just feel better. I am happy and every time I go on to the pitch I feel I am going to score at the moment, that's just the way football works."

City are without Robert Earnshaw until the end of the season at best, with Chris Brown now sidelined for up to a fortnight - leaving the onus for goals on Jarvis' fellow academy product Chris Martin. The prospect of reforming a partnership formed in City's reserves is one Jarvis believes can work.

"I played a lot with him in reserve team football, he is doing very well at the moment, he is goalscorer and if I had to play with him I am sure we would hit it off," said Jarvis.

"We have an understanding. He is a clever player and we both want the same thing - we both want to score. Clever strikers look after each other don't they?"

Jarvis was sent to Brisbane Road with the express purpose of getting first team football and raising his match fitness levels to Championship standard - a requirement that was never easy to attain sitting on the bench.

While Grant will welcome Jarvis back at Carrow Road soon, a return to watching from the sidelines is not on his agenda.

"I am pleased if he wants me back," said Jarvis. "I want to be playing football, I don't really want to come back here and be in the same situation I was before, so if I come back and I'm involved a lot more I will be happy. If not I will want to stay down there and play football.

"I am enjoying myself, I have scored five in three games, that's what I am paid to do and that's what I love doing. It is a new lease of life, a fresh start, I am just pleased to play 90 minutes again of competitive football instead of reserve games.

"I am working my socks off - not that I didn't when I was here - but I am just fighting for everything, and every shot and everything seems to be going in at the moment."

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