Time to stop square pegs going into round holes

Columnist Edward Seaman
Columnist Edward Seaman
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It’s been another mixed week for Norwich City.

The joy of returning to winning ways against Bolton on Friday was quickly wiped out by Tuesday night’s painful humiliation at Middlesbrough.

The 4-0 defeat highlighted the defensive frailties at the club, something which in all honesty baffles me.

Time and time again over the years, it has been proved that square pegs in round holes don’t work — and that is sadly the case with Russell Martin at centre-half.

Now this is not to criticise Martin, who has been a fantastic servant to the club, but I would much rather see him playing at right-back, a position he played so well in the last time we were promoted to the Premier League.

Adams’ reluctance to move the skipper to right-back, where Steven Whittaker has been poor over the last few weeks, is made even more baffling when you consider the other centre-back options.

Sebastien Bassong is a player who splits the opinions of the fans, and a player whose attitude has, at times, been criticised.

But there is no doubt he is a quality player – especially at this level.

Therefore his loan move to Watford, a divisional rival, makes little sense to me.

In his first season at the club he deservedly won player of the season and it is time to let whatever may have happened towards the back end of last season go, for the good of the club.

Ryan Bennett is of course out injured, but there are also the experienced Carlos Cuellar and Ignasi Miquel in the squad — both of whom are yet to really be given a chance this season.

Although Tuesday night’s performance and result hurt, I can accept it as long as the players learn from their mistakes, starting with Saturday’s visit to Nottingham Forest.

Simply put, Norwich have got to do better, move the ball quicker and defend properly, and if that means changing the team and leaving out big names, so be it.