Norwich bring in Howson from Leeds

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Norwich City have completed the signing of Jonny Howson from Leeds United. A fee was agreed last week, but the Canaries have now confirmed the transfer after the midfielder completed his medical at Carrow Road.

Those who assess in play betting strategy note how the signing is one of many Norwich have made from outside of the Premier League as they build a strong squad to continue the success Paul Lambert has already brought to the club.

As things stand they are 9th in the table after back to back promotions and the signing of 23-year-old Howson – who was Leeds United’s captain – is a positive one in terms of where the team is heading.

Lambert is delighted with his first piece of transfer business this month too, saying: I think he has been brilliant for them and being the captain of that football club, where the demands are so high, to be captain at such a young age he certainly knows what he is doing.”

“I just think he’ll add goals to the midfield – which I think we need – he can do that. He’ll get better as a player going up a higher level.”

Howson is injured at the moment, but Lambert has no concerns about this, adding: “I know the extent of it. He is doing really fine at the minute and I have no worries on that.”

“His rehab has gone really well and I don’t think he is too far away, which is pleasing. He has to be sure in his own head when he is totally fit and if he is, then we’ll look to get him involved.”

As for Howson himself, he released a long statement to Leeds United fans after they made it clear that they weren’t happy at losing their skipper and star midfielder at such a crucial stage of the season.

After the move was confirmed, Howson said: “Decision-wise, this is the biggest decision I’ve had to make in my life.”

“There’s so many things I’ve had to look at and think about. I found out on Tuesday morning about the bid and spoke to the gaffer, and it’s been a mad week. Decision-wise it’s been so tough.”

“The reason is Premier League. I am going to a very good club with good support, but at the same time I know I’m leaving a club I’ve loved from being such a young boy. That’s not going to change. The hardest thing was leaving somewhere I’ve been from six or seven years of age, and it’s been hard.”

“It’s been a massive part of my life, but this is a great chance for me. This is the sort of chance that doesn’t come around that often and it’s a chance I feel I have to take while it’s there. “

What are your thoughts on this move? Has Howson made the right decision? Can he succeed in the Premier League?




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