Norwich City chief Neil Adams is looking forward to welcoming back former fans' favourite Grant Holt to Carrow Road when Huddersfield Town visit on Saturday, but is equally determined to ensure he heads home empty-handed.

Terriers loan frontman Holt makes his first appearance against the Canaries since departing for Wigan Athletic in July 2013 and is set to receive a rapturous reception from the home supporters after helping them to back-to-back promotions from League One to the top flight during his four years in East Anglia.

But Adams' sole focus this weekend is on securing three points and finding a way to nullify Holt's strengths, with the Norwich boss wary of the threat he poses to his side.

"He has had a bit of a tough time at Wigan but from what we have watched of him in recent games is the Grant Holt of old," he said.

"He plays high, he leads the line, he makes it difficult to mark him and he is a threat."

Adams, who also pinpointed Nahki Wells and Sean Scannell as players who could make the difference on Saturday, is hoping Holt's presence does not detract from his own side's performance when the two teams face off this weekend.


"He is in the hall of fame for a reason, he was excellent for Norwich City and I would be surprised if there was anyone who didn’t know what I thought of him," he said.

"He is a great person as well but we have moved on. It is not about Grant Holt, we know what he can do.

"We’ll shake his hand after the game but hopefully he is in a really bad mood by that stage because they have lost.

"Grant is a legend and rightly so. He was fantastic during his time here, but obviously we’ve got to make sure he has a quiet day on Saturday.

"He’s a handful and he can be a match-winner, as every Norwich fan knows only too well, but they have other threats as well.

"They’re not a one-man team, but I am sure he will get a good reception. He deserves that but it is about us."

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