Marshall can be key for Norwich - Bowyer

Marshall joined Norwich from Wolves in the summer

Marshall joined Norwich from Wolves in the summer

FORMER Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer believes Ben Marshall still has a big part to play in Norwich’s promotion push this season.

The 27-year-old, a £1.5m summer signing from Wolves, has not played for the Canaries since their 3-0 home defeat by Leeds on August 25th because of a combination of illness and injury.

Bowyer, who managed Marshall for two seasons at Blackburn, believes he has the ability to play in the Premier League.

“Ben Marshall is a fantastic footballer - two-footed, he can play left, right, number 10, central midfield,” Bowyer told TGG.

“He has the ability to beat someone from right-back, he’s the modern full back. In my opinion he has the talent - tactically, technically - to play in the Premier League.”

Marshall started the first four games of the season for Norwich (three of them from right-back) and was a sub against Leeds.

He returned to the matchday squad for the win over Brentford on October 27th but was an unused sub.

Marshall was initially a wide midfielder under Bowyer before switching to defence for the 2-1 win over Leeds on New Year’s Day 2014.

“I remember we were away at Leeds and didn’t have a right back,” Bowyer remembered. “Ben stepped in the office and said, ‘I’ll play there’.

“I said, ‘Have you played there before?’ ‘Yeah’. He played and was our man of the match. Afterwards I asked him, “when did you last play there Ben?’ ‘Under-14s’.”

Norwich are currently fourth in the Championship and play away at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

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