Jonny Howson has been filling in for Alex Tettey over recent weeks, but the Norwegian midfielder appears to be fit again now. Tettey has appeared from the bench suggesting that a return to starting games is right around the corner.
I think we can all agree that the midfield partnership between Tettey and Bradley Johnson looked very strong earlier on in the season. Therefore, Chris Hughton will be looking to recapture that in the business end. Howson has certainly done a reasonable job, but he is essentially being asked to play a role that doesn’t suit him.
There is, of course, the argument that Howson may offer a little more in terms of a goal-scoring threat. After all, this was seen as one of my main qualities when he arrived at the club under Paul Lambert. However, he hasn’t had a massive opportunity to play in his main role, especially since Hughton has taken over.
The time has come for Tettey to return to the side and hopefully he can assist the side in finding that elusive league win. We know that the player has the ability to strike a ball from distance and it would be great if he could assist Norwich City with their goal tally. Nevertheless, that is not his primary job between now and the end of the season.
The player has recovered from an injury and had a bit of a rest, but it is now time for him to get back to work. Howson simply hasn’t done enough in the last few games to suggest such a change is not necessary.