Surman targeting successful season
NORWICH, England ● Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman is aiming to play a massive part in another successful season for the team as he looks to impress new manager Chris Hughton in pre-season.
Football betting pundits note how Surman made 21 starts last season, scoring some crucial goals in the process, but he wants to be even more involved this time around. With Paul Lambert now manager of Aston Villa, he wants to be one of the first names on Hughton’s team sheet.
Speaking ahead of the new campaign, he said: “I was pleased with the amount of games I played, but you always want to play more games, score more goals.”
“I want to play an even more pivotal role in the team’s progress.”
Surman will have plenty of competition of course as Norwich – who already had plenty of options in midfield – have strengthened in this department with the likes of Jacob Butterfield and Robert Snodgrass arriving at Carrow Road.
However, this will simply keep Surman motivated as he knows that in a Premier League team, you are never guaranteed to start games.
“I don’t think anyone will be guilty of taking their foot off the pedal, whoever the manager is. Everyone’s got things to prove and everyone’s on a level playing field now.”
“Everyone wants to be in the Premiership. We don’t want to have a bad season, especially after last season’s success.”
Surman signed a new contract at the club earlier this summer of course, so he is certainly committed to the cause and wants to be a part of the team pushing on even further in the next few months.
In other Norwich news, goalkeeper John Ruddy has spoken of his desire to return to the England squad before long. He missed out on Euro 2012 because of a broken finger of course, but still has international ambitions.
He said: “It’s always at the back of your mind that you might get an England chance again. It was a blow to miss out and it was a strange kind of injury.”
“But I’m fit and I would love to be part of the England squad again and, hopefully, that will happen.”
Norwich begin their campaign at Fulham on the 18th August.