Norwich City’s latest recruit, Joseph Yobo has been talking to Canaries.co.uk and insists he is raring to go.
Yobo was a surprise move by Chris Hughton and I know that not all fans are excited by his arrival. However, the former Everton man has a shed load of experience at the very highest levels so let’s hope he can add something to a back line that isn’t as tight as we’d all like.
“I trained yesterday but today it was with the whole squad so I`m happy to be here. I know a few of the players already, it wasn`t entirely new to me but I was felt welcome,” said the former Everton defender.
“I`m excited that I had this opportunity to come back to England. It`s probably the best league in the world, and it`s a new challenge so I`m looking forward to it.
“There were loads of clubs from abroad who were interested in me, but the manager here convinced me and I wanted to come back to the Premier League.
“We had a week break for Christmas in Turkey, but then two weeks of training after that and it was good, so I`m ready to go.”
So, what exactly have we acquired in Joseph Yobo?
Well, he’s 33 years old and is the Nigerian team captain, for whom he has played 95 times, which makes him his country’s highest capped player of all time.
No doubt part of the appeal of Norwich and the Premier League to Joseph is to get himself ready for this summer’s World Cup and he will expect to lead the team yet again throughout the tournament.
Yobo’s highest profile club was Everton, for whom he made over 200 appearances in an eight year spell during which he scored eight goals. He left Goodison Park in 2010 for Turkish giants, Fenerbache where he played 69 times, scoring twice. He has however struggled for game time this season – hence the loan move.
Off the field, Joseph does plenty of good deeds. In 2007, he set up the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation, to help under-privileged children in Nigeria. As of 18 July 2007, he has handed out over 300 scholarship awards ranging from primary to university level. He has started a football academy in the Ogoni region of Nigeria and also runs football camps in Lagos.
Norwich City fans are crying out for some good news at the moment and while I doubt that he will be thrown into the next match against Manchester City, I hope that with all his experience he can help us out of what is becoming a difficult situation.
Welcome to Norwich City, Joseph!