Belfast Telegraph

Fer: We are starting to gel

Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer has warned there will be plenty more to come from Chris Hughton's new-look side this season - starting at Tottenham on Saturday.

The Canaries recovered from the disappointment of defeat at newly-promoted Hull to thrash Bury in the Capital One Cup before recording a first Barclays Premier League win over Southampton and headed into the international break in confident mood.

Dutchman Fer - nicknamed 'the bouncer' for his combative approach - was one of half-a-dozen new arrivals at Carrow Road this summer as Hughton's £20million spending spree aimed to assemble a squad capable of holding their own once again.

Norwich head to White Hart Lane aiming to continue their unbeaten record there since promotion in 2011, and Fer sees no reason why the Canaries cannot step things up again as the group slowly mould into an effective unit.

"We are still getting to know each other, but in training, you can see everybody is getting to know each other better so that is really good for the team," Fer said.

"We are starting to gel and that can only be good for the next few games.

"It has been a very good start. We have played three games and got four points - at Hull City we could have had the three points as well.

"It was really important we got up and running against Southampton with the win because with the two weeks off, it is always important to win those games before the break.

"We have to carry on and with Tottenham, hopefully we get another point or the win."

Fer added in the Eastern Daily Press: "Tottenham away is going to be a really tough game and it is a hindrance with so many players away (on international duty), but it is the same for Spurs.

"They have some quality players as well and for every club, it is the same, so we have had to carry on and wait for the players to come back."

Norwich's record £8million signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel was one of several players away from Norfolk on international duty, as Fer's countryman helped Holland secure their place at the World Cup next summer.

Fer, 23, hopes a strong season with the Canaries could end with him in the plans of Louis van Gaal for Brazil 2014.

"I want to play and be important for Norwich, and then later we will see for the national team," added the former FC Twente midfielder, who represented Holland at last summer's European Under-21 Championships.

"It is an important year, yes, but I am concentrating on Norwich, so that is most important."

Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan were both part of what proved to be Giovanni Trappatoni's final Republic of Ireland squad, while Robert Snodgrass, Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin were all on duty for Scotland, with Johan Elmander and Martin Olsson away for Sweden.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy was on the bench as England drew 0-0 in Ukraine.

Much has been made about the talent emerging for Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson to choose from.

Canaries winger Nathan Redmond has caught the eye following his signing from Birmingham. He netted the winning goal against Southampton before going off to link up with the England Under-21s under new coach Gareth Southgate.

The 19-year-old, though, may being talked up as a possible fast-track to the seniors, but Redmond is determined to keep himself grounded.

"My family and especially my mum has told me from day one if I play well and don't worry about anything else, then it (international football) will all take care of itself," said Redmond.

"If players are playing well it won't go unnoticed.

"If you are playing well the fans will speak, the media will speak and it will come to the coach's and other people's attention.

"If you are playing well, hopefully you get a chance."


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