Hughton: Bunn will spur on Ruddy

  • Last Updated: August 30 2012, 16:29 BST

Norwich manager Chris Hughton believes his England goalkeeper John Ruddy will be pushed to new heights at Carrow Road this season after the signing of Mark Bunn from Blackburn.

Mark Bunn: Arrived at Norwich on Wednesday

Ruddy was named in England's squad on Thursday for next month's World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine.

But Hughton insists 27-year-old Bunn is the perfect addition at Carrow Road to put Ruddy under pressure.

Hughton said: "Ruddy's in for some competition. John has been fabulous for us and will continue to be so but we need that competition right through the squad."

Bunn has benefited from learning from the experience of a former England goalkeeper in Paul Robinson and he is far from daunted by the prospect of a scrap with Ruddy for the number one position at Carrow Road.

Bunn said: "Ruddy is a fantastic keeper. I know I am not going to get in the team straight away, but I'm here to push him in training and that can only benefit the team and make us better goalkeepers.

"Ruddy has done a fantastic job and he is a great keeper. It is going to be tough for me, but when I do get my chance hopefully I will grab it and stay in the team.

"I've worked with some great keepers like Paul Robinson. It will be great to work with Dave Watson (Norwich goalkeeping coach). He works the keepers really hard and I am looking forward to it.

"Watto is one of the best coaches around. He's made me really welcome here. I'm just looking forward to getting out on that field and pushing Ruddy.

"I got a bit frustrated at Blackburn and I was delighted to get the move done and knuckle down to some hard work.

"To get another opportunity to get back in the Premier League is fantastic. The players have all welcomed me. I'm just not looking forward to my (induction) song on my first away trip."

That will not be at Tottenham on Saturday as Bunn will not travel. Hughton, however, does include his new midfield signing from Rennes, Alexander Tettey, in his squad and he could start from the bench.

Simon Lappin misses out with an ankle ligament injury suffered in the midweek Capital One Cup victory against Scunthorpe.

Hughton, meanwhile, is still hoping to sign a striker before the transfer window closes on Friday night but insists: "If there is any deal that is right for us we will endeavour to do it, but if not then I am delighted with the squad I have got."

When asked if he would be pleased when the window slammed shut he added: "Yes I will be, as will every manager. To see the end of the window will make me very glad."

Hughton also looked forward to taking Norwich to White Hart Lane, where he served for 13 years as a player and 10 as assistant manager.

He said: "I hope the team can put on a performance. I was delighted with the performance last week against QPR. It was a game we should have won.

"Tottenham are a very good side. They show real quality in wide areas with Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale. They have good options up front and with Mousa Dembele coming in they have gathered a really good squad."

On the capture of Tettey, a defensive midfielder, Hughton added: "He has settled in really well but he had a few days when he missed training. He will travel with us to Tottenham and I'll decide whether to put him on the bench."