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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Norwich City clash

20 January 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Norwich City clash

20 January 2023

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is hopeful of adding more faces during the Transfer Window, with only eleven days remaining.

City have added two faces already in January, with Brooke Norton-Cuffy and Josh Wilson-Esbrand joining from Arsenal and Manchester City respectively.

Robins is also gave an update on those players currently on the side-lines, as well as an update on Callum O’Hare and Fabio Tavares’ operations.


The January Transfer Window…

“We’re trying to be busy we’re looking at options. Sometimes you’re thwarted on things and this window, January, is usually very difficult and become manic towards the end and we don’t want that.

“We need to work thought out options methodically. If we’re able to add we will.

“We’ve already brought two in, and they are two players who are going to be whatever they want to be. They’re good signings and we’re looking to do other bits and pieces.

“The window is difficult because people think you’re desperate for stuff but we’re not. We need to do the right business and nothing silly. If the right thing comes up, the right player at the right time for the right money, then fine.

“We’ve just need to make sure we’ve got enough to get us into the positions that we want to be in. We’re nearly a top team, we just need the infrastructure. That’s where the work is.”


Injury updates…

“The good thing for me is that we have Tyler Walker, Josh Eccles and Matty Godden on the grass and they’ll be in training next week.

“Kyle McFadzean won’t be far behind, he’s only a few days off the others and that’s a good thing. That’s four or five players and the next thing for them after joining in training is getting back into the game.

“We will wait and see with Josh Wilson-Esbrand. He did some work yesterday, but we’ll see how he is today. I’m hopeful. He has to get up to a level and we need to make sure he’s fine.

“Elsewhere, Callum O’Hare and Fabio Tavares both had their operations, and they went very well. That means they are on their way to recovery.”


Facing Norwich at the CBS Arena…

“Norwich are another side who like to be in Possession. They’re a good side with lots of Premier League experience.

“They’re a well-respected and well-run club packed with top international players. They have Pukki, Sargent and Dowell, who chip in with goals.

“They pin you in and try to stay high up the field and after getting a reaction in David Wagner’s first game, they’ll be confident.

“He’s been promoted himself in the past and he has a way of working that he’ll stick to. For us, it’s about what we can do to affect the game. We need to perform to a high level and then take our chances.”


Players moving on in the past and now trying to keep hold of them…

“People use us as a stepping-stone, there’s no doubt. They look round to see if there is anywhere better for them.

“I wouldn’t use Dominic Hyam in that case, as he did not want to leave, but things change, and we had to something.

“We want to be in a position where we want to keep players and build, but they need to see the change, feel the change.

“We need to get on with things and deliver. The supporters will see it and they’ll be excited too. We’re talking through things to see what impact we can make, long and short term.

“The selling point here is that they will play, improve and attract other clubs - that is something we can be proud about too.

“We’ve got a history, but it’s been a struggle from time to time. If we can build it into a better working environment, with facilities, then we can develop. It will take time but it’s exciting.”

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