Ollie Norwood can’t wait to return to Craven Cottage with Sheffield United tomorrow night.
The Northern Ireland midfielder spent a successful season on loan at Fulham helping Slavisa Jokanovic’s side earn promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, coming off the bench to play a crucial part in the final victory over Aston Villa. Norwood made 41 appearances for the Whites – scoring five goals – and could be considered unfortunate not to have been retained following his composed displays in the middle of the park.
Norwood told the Sheffield United official website that the Blades are under no illusions about the size of the task facing them on Monday against the league leaders:
“They are a fantastic side. Top of league by right, probably the best striker in the league – how many goals is Mitro on now? 22, 23? They’ve got threats all over the pitch. We’re well aware of what we need to do and the game plan will be set out by the coaching staff. We’ll go there with clear heads on what we need to do and try and get a result there.”
The former Manchester United trainee waxed lyrical his time at Fulham and how much he enjoys playing at Craven Cottage.
Definitely. One season there and one of my promotions – it is a wonderful football club, historic, a great place to play football. One of the best grounds in the country still for me. I’m quite old school, I quite like all of the old stadiums with the history and stuff like that. A great place to be. But no doubt about it I’m fully Sheffield United and friendships and all that go out the window for ninety minutes. I’m sure we’ll be friends after.
He revealed that he is still in touch with a number of Fulham’s 2018 promotion winning squad, although sentiment will be left to one side as he seeks to continue United’s fine recent run of form.
I still speak to quite a lot of the lads who I played with. A few have moved on, a few are still there. It was good times. We had a really good team and really good team spirit. That season – the success we had was brilliant and to be part of that was good. It seems like a long time ago now! Good group of lads and, like I say, we’ll wish each other all the best after the game.