Steven Naismith says he’s looking forward to taking his chance after missing City’s first two matches of the season to suspension.
Naismith was an ever-present in Norwich’s pre-season campaign, but had to sit out City’s opening day draw with Fulham and the midweek win over Swindon Town following his red card in last season’s penultimate match against Leeds United.
“I’m raring to go,” he said in front of the media at Friday’s press conference. “I had a good pre-season, and it was an eventful one with big changes. And when you do well and the manager’s happy with you, then you just want to get going – but I had to serve my punishment.
“It’s given some of the boys the chance to see what they can do and maybe get ahead of me, so I’ve just got to bide my team and then take my chance when it comes.”
Naismith says the team has bought into the way Daniel Farke wants the side to play, and is thriving under the new coaching team. “The way the Head Coach wants to play, to build attacks up, really suits me as a player.
“I come in most days and come away at the end having learned something new, and that’s brilliant as a player – it’s always great to keep learning on the training pitch, and to be part of something where you can see what the end goal is.”
Naismith admits his performances have sometimes been sporadic since he joined from Everton in January in 2016, but he feels Norwich fans will get to see the best of him this season. “Norwich did a lot to get me here when I joined, and I felt that at the time,” he says. “The period I’ve been here hasn’t been that successful, and I came here hoping to help the Club move forward, and as I sit here now that’s what I want to do.
“Last season there were ifs and buts whether I’d be here, and I was playing catch-up. But this season has been back to normality for me – working hard during pre-season and getting match fit and raring to go.
“The club is definitely going in the right direction, and now it’s up to us as players and the coaches to move things forward.”
Norwich face relegated Sunderland on Sunday, and Naismith says his team-mates are well aware of the threat they pose. “They’ve started the season well,” he says. “I thought they were the better team against Derby, and they were professional in the cup. They have a lot of experience in their team, and they’ll be real threat. So we’ve got to first of all win all of our battles and then try and take control of the game on Sunday.”