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Alexander Tettey only joined Norwich City at the start of this current campaign. But in a hit and miss year for the Canaries so far, the Norwegian has been quietly impressive.
Others like Wes Hoolahan and Robert Snodgrass might be more immediately noticeable, but Tettey is one of the guys who allows them to strut their stuff further forward. And he does it rather well.
The term "defensive midfielder" has gone out of fashion with many preferring to label players of that type as fulfilling the "holding role" made famous by Claude Makelele. But Tettey is decidedly the former—not someone designated to sit there as an extra-shield for the defense, the 26-year-old is to be found as part of a fluid midfield.
Tettey's ever increasing familiarity with English football is seeing him improve as he comes to terms with the more physical aspects of life as a midfielder in the country. What marks him out as someone who might make the step up from Norwich is his comfort on the ball.
Aforementioned creative types like Hoolahan and Snodgrass need service, and Tettey is a tidy and reliable distributor from the heart of midfield. Not prone to dally in possession, instead he gets hold of it (in one way or another) and more often than not uses it wisely.
There are a lot of clubs that could always do with good footballers like that, Norwich should be aware.