Ahead of today’s match with Norwich we spoke to Adam Harvey, a Canary who’ll be hoping for a better season come August.
How long have you supported Norwich City?
I’ve supported Norwich since I was about 6 and in primary school due to influence of friends, so I’ve now supported them for over 12 years. I went to many Norwich youth\reserves matches before going to my first Norwich game in 2008 against Charlton a 1-0 victory.
What’s your favourite moment or era as a Norwich City fan?
Favourite era would be under Paul lambert who came in after a 7-1 defeat on the opening day against the club he was managing Colchester. He then took us to the league one title, before masterminding automatic promotion to the premier league before guiding us to a 12th place premier league finish with 47 points. A squad built on a small budget so was nothing short of miraculous. However my favourite moment would be the playoff final win at Wembley in the 2014/15 season after beating our bitter rivals Ipswich over the semi finals before beating Middlesbrough 2-0 in the final after they’d done the double over us in the season.
Tell us about a player you were proud to have on the back of a shirt?
A player I was proud to have on the back of a shirt would be Grant Holt, a man who we signed for 400k from Shrewsbury before going on to score 68 goals in 154 games. Despite fans having doubts of his credentials initially he scored goals at every level and was one of the main reasons we had so much success under Paul Lambert. He was the second highest English goal scorer in the premier league in 11/12 after Rooney.
What’s your most memorable moment playing against Leeds?
Most memorable moment against Leeds would be in league 1 when Chris Martin scored a dramatic late winner at Carrow Road to take us 11 points clear at the top ahead of Leeds. Revenge for the previous result at Elland Road.
Who do you need in the transfer market?
After a huge summer of change last year we never addressed the striker position and are still missing a proven goal scorer the reason we are currently 13th and not in the playoffs. With oliveria likely to leave in the summer, the striker search will be main focus for Norwich. A striker with pedigree of scoring goals in league one such as jack Marriott at Peterborough would be ideal.
What’s your realistic aim for the next season?
Norwich had a huge overhaul last summer and was branded a transition season, with everything changing from manager, players, backroom staff to taking the sporting director route with Stuart Webber previously of Huddersfield. Now that farke has had a season to get to the grips with the league, along with many players we are beginning to see glimpses of excitement for what’s ahead. If we sign a proven striker and have better luck with injuries. Myself and many Norwich fans expect to be pushing playoffs as a minimum.
Who in your mind is going to be promoted this season with Wolves?
Cardiff look too consistent for the other automatic spot so i fully expect them to go up. With Fulham going up via the playoffs, they’ve been the best side at Carrow Road this season with the exception of Wolves.
Can you name who will be relegated this season along with Sunderland?
As much as I hope they stay up I can’t see Burton surviving despite some huge results of recent weeks. I’m backing Barnsley to survive and Bolton to go down.
Who’s your danger man?
There’s only one man who poses danger to opposition and that man is highly rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. An England u21 international and for his first full season at championship level has been the reason Norwich are mid table and not relegation candidates. Scoring 15 goals along with many assists. Scoring the winner in the east Anglian derby, a hat trick away at Hull and scored many of his goals in 1-0 victories against teams such as Brentford, Middlesbrough and Bristol City. He’s won every accolade possible this season for his performances, with his profile now being tracked by all the big clubs.
Can you tell us about a rising star in the youth ranks?
One for the future who has broken through this season is Jamal Lewis a 19 year old left back. A man who was unheard of till farke took a likening too and brought him into the frame in pre season where he shone. However injury meant he didn’t get his chance till December making his senior debut against Brentford. He’s gone on to be our main left back, scoring a dramatic late equaliser against Chelsea in the fa cup replay at Stamford bridge and made his international debut for Northern Ireland last month against South Korea.
Prediction and scores for the game?
I’m predicting a 2-1 victory for Norwich with Wes Hoolahan scoring on his last ever appearance for Norwich after the news he’s leaving the club this summer a man who’s been an integral part of Norwich for 10 years and a legend of the club. Maddison to grab the other on the day he’ll inevitably get player of the season award. With Hernandez scoring for Leeds.
By Keith Ingham
In a season that died in Wales. Leeds can now look forward (hopefully) to better times.
The downward curve the senior squad followed has been there, unfortunately for all fans to see. But thankfully I see light coming over the hill, three young men that Leeds United Football Club could and bloody should be build something pretty special around.
We have been here before, young talent full of promise but sold on to the lowest bidders by the likes of bates and the mad Italian. Hopefully Radrizzani can see sense in making these three players key to a better future.
Here’s the three;
I actually saw his debut, the lanky and slightly built stopper did himself no harm, despite conceding a late penalty that gave QPR a share of the spoils. He was raw but he looked at home between the ‘sticks’. This season we’d tried Felix and Andy in goal but neither had filled the fans with much confidence.
Within the first 15 minutes the game looked as if it would develop into an action-filled match up.
With both sides having chances early doors, Barnsley were creating more from corners but The Whites were looking lively and with many chances from counter attacks, we showed glimpses of quality.
On the 17th minute, the academy prodigy Tom Pearce gave the crowd something to savour with a left-footed strike from the outside of the box.
The youngster raising the roof and falling to the floor with a poorly executed knee slide.
Up until half time the game turned into a very physical battle which Barnsley were dominating: out-strengthening players, putting in strong challenges and winning 50/50s.
All of this added to make a very scrappy game which then ended with a dodgy own goal by Paudie O’Connor. Very unfortunate for the young star who has shone through in some of his recent fixtures.
Straight from the beginning of the second half The Whites looked the most likely to score and they did just that with a brilliant piece of magic from Kemar Roofe.
The striker wrestled a defender for the ball and sprinted down the byline only to square the ball for a tap in for an on rushing Alioski.
Barnsley then set the pace for a Derby game as their game devolved into more of a scrap as relegation began to sick up.
On the 62nd minute, Kieffer Moore came on to replace Connor Mahoney, both of whom didn’t have too many highlights in the game with them only completing 22 passes between them.
Leeds had opportunities to see the game out with shots from the likes of Alioski and Ronaldo Vieira but the latter was replaced by Caleb Ekuban late in the second half. The off form forward failed to have a single shot in the time he was on the pitch compared to the five of Alioski.
On the 84th minute, Saiz was substituted to make way for Forshaw but then decided to have a fit while departing the pitch. He showed his annoyance at being subbed off by throwing anything he could get his hands on. Sparking a huge debate on his attitude whilst he has been at the club.
Up until the end of the game there wasn’t too much to shout about with The Whites holding on to the one goal lead and more importantly, the three points.
+ More chances created
+ 3 Points secured
+ Standout performances from: Pennington, Pearce, BPF and Alioski
- Saiz’s poor attitude to being subbed off
- Still need a lot of improvements
- Not clinical in-front of goal
By Jamie Chambers (@simply_lufc)
If Saturdays game showed us anything, it’s that Leeds do need to improve, but spending big money on every position doesn’t have to be an option.
The Whites had five academy products in the starting lineup against Barnsley and each one of them starred in a home win against rivals who are fighting to stay in the League.
The club have shown in recent years that they have strength already in the youth ranks to fill most gaps and the emergence of Paudie O’Conner, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Tom Pearce have come at the right time.
BPF came in due to a horrid season for Felix Wiedwald and has now had the shirt for nine consecutive fixtures, meaning that Leeds could be set to entrust the starting shirt come next season.
O’Conner and Pearce have come in due to injury concerns to half of Leeds’ defence and have both received plaudits for the way they’ve taken their opportunity in the first team.
Should Leeds go out and look for ways to improve their overall squad this summer, it should be noted that they have ready made players for most positions chomping at the bit in the development squad.
Oriol Rey, Hugo Diaz, Bryce Hosannah, Calum Nicel and Sam Dalby could be called upon in the summer to practice with the senior squad and should not be overlooked for another bout of foreign imports who need to settle in the League for up to a year.
If Leeds can blend a mix of English youth with talent around them, this squad could make a massive difference come August. It’s whether Leeds coaching committee have the stones to make a judgment call.
By Ryan Ingham
This Diary is dedicated to the 96 fans who were unlawfully killed at Hillsborough in 1989. Their families still wait for JUSTICE for their loved ones.
Paul Heckingbottom on the rumours of him being sacked: “I think that surprised everyone, nothing has changed. I came in here in February with slim hopes of the play-offs and we were chasing that down. That was the first goal - let’s not let this season die out quickly - but it did die out quickly so we were straight onto the second phase of what we wanted to do, which was to start looking at players and getting our plans laid down for next season.”
“We’re going to have to work hard because we’ve seen the calibre of players who are in this league, the calibre of clubs, but it doesn’t mean we can’t do it if we’re all on the same page, over-achieving and building a hungry, competitive squad. That’s the stage where we’re at now, make no mistake about it, it’s all going to be on results next season, without a doubt. That’s what we should be judged on.”
Who’s not available for the game with Aston Villa: Pontus Jansson is out, along with Eunan O'Kane (groin), Matthew Pennington (calf), Adam Forshaw (calf), Liam Cooper (torn thigh muscle), Laurens De Bock (hamstring) and long term absentees Luke Ayling (ankle), Conor Shaughnessy (ankle) and Tyler Roberts (shin).
Hugo Diaz, a second half substitute for Jansson is primed to make his full Leeds debut alongside Paudie O’Connor in the centre of defence, Heckingbottom considered recalling on loan Liam Kitching from Harrogate Town but the 18 year old is injured.
What do Leeds fans do on a Sunday? Couple of beers, nice lunch out and a peruse around your old items to remember the good old days when we had a team to be proud of?
Well you can do all of that and more when Mick Hewitt returns with a Programme fair on Sunday 22nd April to make sure you catch up on any your missing from the glory days.
Elland Road, Leeds
10:30am to 1:30pm - Free Entry
Sunday, 22nd April
Billy’s Bar will be full of novice and old collectors, who’ll be there to chat and share stories about how they became fans of the Whites and other sides.
Whilst most stands will have large amounts of Leeds related items, collectors from other clubs, League, Non-League & International will be well catered for.
Fun for all the family and a good day out!
With the current lack of any defenders Leeds could be set to bolster their ranks when the club enter the transfer market fray.
One player who has been heavily linked with a move to Elland Road is defensive live wire Andy Yiadom.
The full back turned winger is set to wind out his contract at relegation threatened Barnsley and looks set for a reunion with former boss Paul Heckingbottom (if he’s still in the role).
It was only 18 months ago Barnsley refused to allow Yiadom to discuss a potential move to both Celtic and an unnamed Premiership side.
However, with a short spell out and a season playing in a poor side, Yiadom’s stock looks to have dropped, give Leeds a dream chance to nab the Ghanaian on the quiet.
Capable at playing on either side and on the wing, Yiadom is the same archetype as current sensation Trent Alexander-Arnold, blessed with superior pace and able to command an entire side of the pitch.
The 26-year old could add strength in depth to a side that although is heavy in defence, lacks any clear full time options.
The shocking discipline of fan favourite and season ending injury to both Luke Ayling and Laurens De Bock have left Leeds with Vurnon Anita and youth prospect Tom Pearce to finish the season.
The former is unlikely to see out the remainder of his contract, partly due to being played out of position. However, the later should be considered as an option for a loan in the football league come next season.
Loan spells in the league below have become extremely fruitful for the Whites with the emergence of former full back Charlie Taylor and this season Lewie Coyle bearing much needed fruit.
Should Yiadom be signed, Leeds will then have four full backs in which they can rotate and with the severe injury of Ayling, it could be very well needed.
Would you like to see Yiadom at the club? Or would you prefer to keep Pearce/Anita? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
A lot can be said for a striker who can grab goals in a relegation threatened side.
One player to out perform his entire squad is young Barnsley forward Oliver McBurnie.
The on loan striker has now bagged seven goals in twelve Championship games and has been the lynchpin in Barnsley’s relegation dogfight.
McBurnie could be set for a second stint in the Championship next season and a potential suitor for the forward is none other than Leeds United.
The Whites could be set to make a move for the striker, who has started to gain plaudits for his pace and ability to hit the back of the net, something the Leeds strikers could do with learning.
The 21-year old is set to be out of contract in the summer and if his parent club Swansea have not yet offered a deal, it’s unlikely they will.
The pull of joining Leeds is still large in English football and the potential of a starting spot could lure McBurnie to join a head coach that trusted him enough to sign him on loan in January, Paul Heckingbottom.
If Heckingbottom was the man to bring him in, it’s likely he knows how to get the best out of the Scottish forward and this could be a recipe for success at Elland Road.
Would you like to see McBurnie at Leeds? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham