Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke was delighted with Alexander Tettey’s decision to extend his contract at the club by one year, adding that the Norwegian is showing no signs of slowing down in his development.
“Alex is a bit like a good red wine,” he said. “With the older he gets, the better he gets. When I arrived, there was a thought that with both he and Wes Hoolahan over 30, Wes would be available for the home games and Alex for the away games to share the load.
“People thought Alex had to do one or two sessions less than the others because of his age, but I got the feeling he’s doing one or two more than all the others per week. He’s always angry when I don’t allow him to have three games in seven days, so that says a lot about his development.
“Alex is in top-class shape physically and better than ever. He’s improving in many topics including his passing quality and in possession. His tactical understanding was always top-class. He’s unbelievably important for us and it’s no coincidence he’s worn the captain’s armband.”
In a squad full of young talents, Tettey remains the longest-serving player at the club and a senior professional at the age of 33. The way he looks after his body is an inspiration to his teammates, according to Farke.
“Our young lads just have to look at his behaviour as he looks after his body and fitness level,” he said. “He knows what it means to be a professional footballer and we can always count on him to deliver for the team.
“When he’s not involved, he’s there for everyone and tries to do everything to support everyone. You can see his pride to wear the yellow shirt and his responsibility to deliver for this club. It’s a pleasure to work with him. We play with so many young lads, and he’s a leader in the dressing room.”