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Jonny Howson

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

21/05/1988

Height

180 cm

Signed

24/01/2012

Country

England

JONNY Howson signed for the Canaries in January 2012 on a three-and-a half-year deal from Leeds United.

As Paul Lambert's first signing of the January transfer window, Howson arrived at Carrow Road following a memorable spell with his boyhood club where he made 193 appearances in all competitions, scoring 28 goals.

Making his United debut against Hull City in 2006, he became their youngest captain since the iconic Billy Bremner when then manager Gary McAllister gave him the role as a 19-year-old in April 2009.

He led the Whites to automatic promotion from League One in the 2009-10 season as the Canaries took the league title, before playing a major part in United's seventh-place finish in the Championship the following year.

Making the switch to Norfolk in early 2012, Howson's maiden City appearance came in a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in March.

He netted his first goal for the Club in a 2-2 draw with Everton at Carrow Road, putting in a string of fine performances in the second half of the campaign.

In 2012-13, Howson played 33 times in all competitions, registering memorable strikes against West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City.

The dynamic midfielder's eye-catching form early in 2013-14 season was brought to a cruel end in December when he was ruled out for three months with a back problem.

Despite that, he still found the net twice in 27 matches across all competitions for the Canaries that term, with his efforts rewarded in the form of a new contract until the summer of 2018.

He played a key role in the 2014-15 season, helping his side return to the Barclays Premier League following relegation courtesy of a Sky Bet Championship play-off final win over Middlesbrough at Wembley.

A regular in the City midfield, Howson struck nine times in 37 league appearances throughout a season which notably saw him reach a century of games for the Club.

Despite the disappointment of relegation in the 2015-16, Howson shone individually and even though his campaign was cut short by injury, he was crowned Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Season.

He continued to form an integral part of City's team in the 2016-17 campaign, this time finishing as runner-up in the Player of the Season voting after scoring six times in 39 appearances.

One of those goals was the stunning volley in the Canaries' 5-1 destruction of Nottingham Forest, a strike later voted by over 3,000 fans in a newspaper poll as the best they had seen by a home player at Carrow Road.

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