Northern Ireland take on Poland in Euro 2016 Group C match. In which will no doubt be a tough game against the Poles we look at Northern Irelands tough tackling, free-kick specialist, Oliver Norwood.


Player Profile

Name: Oliver Norwood

Position: Central midfield

Foot: Right

Country: Northern Ireland

Club: Reading

Key attributes: Set-piece specialist, key passes/killer balls, long passes, tries to dictate tempo, crossing, often the player to win the ball back, tough tackling, stops play.

Skills to watch out for: Norwood is a player who tends not to take on an opponent, but this means he uses skills when he needs to protect the ball, skills such as inside cuts and step ons.

Most effective when….. he is in a dead ball situation, with the ball at his feet, trying to win the ball back in midfield or shooting from distance.

The former Manchester United man will be keen to make an impression today as Michael O’Neills Irish team take on a tricky Poland. Will he unlock the Poles defence with a killer ball?