Envy is an unpleasant trait. Invariably it comes with its close buddy, greed.
As some eye-watering transfer fees hit the headlines, in this part of the country already the whiff of “why are we missing out?” is taking a grip of the airwaves and the web-related opinion parlours.
Lewis Grabban’s exit stage-left back to Bournemouthski has met with general approval from most Canaries. It’s fair to say that his chapter was not one to live long in the memory of the promotion book of 2015.
That’s not to say the goals he did score were not crucial. For a couple of months – February and March – in the first knockings of Alex Neil’s reign, Grabbs was the go-to guy up top and duly repaid his manager’s faith.
The injury he picked up in the 2-0 win over Ipswich (I never tire of giving that one a mention) turned out to be the turning point for a downward spiral which led to rancour and recriminations from many a fan.
I always thought he offered the team different and positive options to Jerome and Hooper, but despite that brief resurface against Arsenal and Watford, his generally languid approach and invariably stroppy demeanour were unlikely to ever get him nominated for the Hall of Fame in Norfolk.
The club has made a huge profit on a player who quite frankly is very lucky to get a second chance in the Premier League.
Fortunately for him, his former club is currently awash with cash and willing to pay exorbitant amounts for questionable talent.
Of course a main driver for Bournemouth hoovering up strikers now is their bad run of injuries at the start of the campaign. Their hand has been forced while we’ve been fortunate enough to steer clear of hamstring pulls, broken metatarsals and the like.
“Never go back,” is a common piece of advice when seeking re-employment. Jose Mourinho’s ugly end at Chelsea backs it up.
Will Grabban flourish once more under guidance of his former tutor Eddie Howe?
Howe claimed he was getting a player much improved to the one he sold to us. I guess that’s a bit of a compliment to Norwich but I’m not sure he’s got the proof to back up that bold claim.
Rumours are that Grabban may feature on Saturday when our boys take the long and winding road down south to take on the club with a third-tier ground capacity but fairytale finances.
Of course, he will be joining forces with Glenn Murray and now Benik Afobe, both failed targets for us last summer. Again grumblings from some Canaries have inevitably been aired.
Why didn’t we “break the bank” to get the former Arsenal man to Carrow Road?
It’s frustrating of course to see Afobe go elsewhere after the club had made great efforts to prize him away from Molineux but, as with many things, it comes down to a question of timing and luck.
Wolves didn’t want to let their top scorer go before the season had kicked off but after a dwindling return from Afobe in recent months the lure of Bournemouth’s bottomless big bucks tipped the balance.
Time will tell if he turns out to be the real deal at the top level. At the moment, he’s got potential but that could be said for many a former prospect who failed to make the top grade and fell away to lower league oblivion.
Alex Neil made it clear that the Afobe ship had already sailed off when our overtures were rejected back in the summer. Other targets are now in his sights.
There will no doubt be further frustrations and accusations of lack of ambition and willingness to flash the big cash. But is it reality or paranoia stoked by envy?
The giddy gossip and unsubstantiated rumour will always flourish in the modern 24-hour media circus.
I’m continuing to put my faith and trust in the guys who have guided us from the middle of the Championship to our current position in the Premier League.
While everything is not rosy in the garden at Carrow Road, we shouldn’t forget the journey that’s been made from recent financial and footballing oblivion.
I, for one, don’t envy the Abu Dhabi All-Stars or Chelsea-on-Sea (copyright of MFW’s Ed) because of the way their clubs now go about their business in the greedy search for glory.
Some things are worth more than cold hard cash.