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Ones to Watch: Norwich

by Ashley Houghton

Key players in City's squad.

Robert Snodgrass
Tricky winger Robert Snodgrass joined the Canaries from Leeds United in July 2012 having made 193 appearances at Elland Road.

25-year-old Snodgrass scored 41 goals in his four years in Yorkshire and was a firm fans’ favourite – picking up the Fans’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards in his final season with Neil Warnock’s side.

Snodgrass has been capped eight times by Scotland and will feature alongside Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher in next week’s World Cup Qualifying double-header with Wales and Serbia.

Glasgow-born Snodgrass has scored five goals in his 31 appearances at Carrow Road.

Grant Holt
31-year-old talismanic striker Grant Holt has been the stalwart of Norwich City’s rise up the Football League.

Holt started his career in Non-League with Workington, Halifax and Barrow before his form earned him a move to Sheffield Wednesday.

First-team opportunities were limited with the Owls so Holt moved to Rochdale, where he first made a name for himself scoring 42 goals in 83 appearances.

Nottingham Forest paid £300,000 for Holt’s services in 2005 before he moved to Shrewsbury for a club record £170,000 three years later.

A goal ratio of more than one every other game prompted Bryan Gunn to bring Holt to Norfolk before Paul Lambert replaced Gunn as boss and made Holt club captain.

He has since gone on to score 75 goals in over 150 appearances for the Canaries, playing a key part in the club’s back-to-back promotions from League One to the Barclays Premier League.

Sebastien Bassong
French-born Cameroonian international Sebastien Bassong is one of the Premier League’s most consistent defenders.

A product of the famous Clairfontaine youth academy that has produced stars such as Thierry Henry and Nicholas Anelka, Bassong signed for Norwich from Tottenham Hotspur for £4million in the summer.

The 26-year-old first came to England in 2008, signing for Newcastle United before leaving at the end of the season as the Magpies were relegated to the Championship.

He signed for Spurs for £8 million and played 45 times, scoring on his debut in a 2-1 win over Liverpool, before joining Wolves on loan at the end of the 2011/12 season.

Sunderland fans will be all too aware of Bassong’s ability after he scored the opener in the Canaries 2-1 triumph at Carrow Road back in December.