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|Club as Player||Norwich City FC|
2019 03 29 Retrieve
[Liverpool and Manchester United have been warned off £10 million ($13m) moves for Norwich defender Ben Godfrey by former Canaries striker Dean Ashton] He was at York not that long ago and then he was brought in to Norwich as a U-23 player and he went out on loan. So to then get his chance in the first-team and play the way he has and then get Manchester United and Liverpool or whoever looking at him is incredible. I’m sure he’ll get there in the end but it’s such a big step to go to the Premier League in terms of quality and I would be very surprised if he was ready right now to step into a team like that. He should stay where he is because he is getting a great education at Norwich, he’s played in the team and hopefully he’ll get his chance in the Premier League next season anyway.
2019 11 02 Retrieve
[Max Aarons and Ben Godfrey have already generated talk of interest from the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United, with former Norwich striker Dean Ashton expecting them to be ready for such moves at some point in the near future] At some point. They have definitely got the quality to step up in terms of the size of football club. Again, it’s a great place to be, playing week in, week out, which is so important when you’re young, but both of them have got great athletic ability. In terms of defensively, that is something they can improve on. The top clubs will only look at you if you’re consistently defending well and producing going forward
To think he was at York only a couple of seasons ago, it’s crazy to think how quickly he has moved up the ladder. But, as an athlete, he’s unbelievably impressive. It takes a good player to get around and past him because of that ability. And all of the time he seems to be improving, because at times he has played as a holding midfield player as well, which is another string to his bow
2020 04 23 Retrieve
[Former England striker Dean Ashton says Premier League must help lower league clubs to survive] Many clubs are working right on the edge. It is a real worry to see whether the clubs can cope depending on how long this carries on for and, when we do eventually come out of it, what our football pyramid looks like. It’s down to everybody to try pull together, including the Premier League, to make sure we still have our pyramid football in England. It would be naive to think the Premier League doesn’t benefit from the Football League, in terms of players that come through, in terms of football clubs that come on. The EFL plays a massive part in how competitive the Premier League has become, which is why it’s one of the best in the world
We’ve known it for a long time, but the amount of money that clubs spend on wages seems ridiculous when you compare it to the percentage of everything else they spend. That is the biggest gamble - getting players in for money that they don’t have or stretching themselves with wages. I have felt for a long time there should be some sort of salary cap because I don’t see how football clubs will survive if wages just keep going up and up.
We’ve gone too far with this season for it to be voided. Teams have got themselves into positions that are still too close to call so I can’t see how it can be voided and be fair to everyone
When you play, you think it’s all about you as players and clubs, when you actually take away the supporters, players don’t enjoy it. It is about the supporters. It’s an entertainment business once you get to the really elite level and I think I wouldn’t see what the rush was, other than financially, which I understand with people’s jobs. But in a football sense I don’t see what the rush would be to try and get the season finished, I would wait till everybody can go.
2020 04 24 Retrieve
[Southgate urged to get Maddison and Grealish into his England team] It’s the sort of jolt that I think the English FA and the English setup has needed from Gareth Southgate and it’s been surprising because it’s come from within their structure. He was part of the youth set-ups and the under-21s and he’s come through and done things differently to any other manager in that he’s given the young players a chance. It used to be that matter how well you played in the under-21s you felt that might make no difference whatsoever. Since the start of his reign, it felt as if you were playing well in the Premier League, you were going to get your chance which it never really felt as if that was the case before because it felt like a closed shop.
If you look at Germany and Spain, the sort of template that they ended up winning the World Cup off the back of, was the young players doing well at youth level internationally and for their clubs, then, jumping up to the senior team almost as a group. Having been through the experiences together to then be able to cope with the pressures that come with these massive competitions. In terms of the talents, I feel as if we have to have more creativity in midfield. We have to have Jack Grealish or James Maddison. They should both be in the squad - if not both in the team, when we can. They would be the standout players because midfield is the one area I think we’re just lacking. With the players and the characte that we saw in the World Cup, if they can take that into to the European Championships, there’s absolutely no reason why we can’t win it
You look at being a manager and you expect that. But over the years we haven’t necessarily felt as if we’ve had someone in charge who is like that. He is just a genuinely proper bloke with real integrity and morals and so he does things the right way. It’s no surprise whatsoever to see him leading the way in this situation