Seldom have we been just five weeks away from the start of the Premier League season and been so calm. And this is Canary Nation we’re talking about. We don’t really do calm.
Okay, there’s the been the hoo-ha over the flawed new membership scheme and the odd Twitter spat ignited by a small group who deem themselves to be on a different plane to your average Norwich City foot soldier, but generally the feelgood factor from being title-winners has carried us through the barren weeks of summer.
But these are abnormal times.
Close seasons prior to Premier League campaigns have, in the recent past, been notable for their levels of angst and unease, as we await news of marquee signings and new faces who, in theory at least, would bolster our chances of 17th place or better.
Yet here we are, with the start of pre-season training a matter of days away, with just a free transfer and a season-long loan in the house and 99 per cent of the yellow and green nation are as chilled as Mayor McLean was on the balcony of City Hall.
It boils down of course to the place we find ourselves in and how we arrived here, and also to the clever, and eminently sensible way, that Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke have managed our expectations.
We knew before the silly season even began that we would not be doing a Fulham (or a Villa) and spunking multi-millions on big names who would, in theory at least, be ready-made fits for the Premier League. It was also made crystal clear that our transfer budget would be, by some distance, the lowest in the league.
As a result, the faithful were not expecting to see City linked with names that we’d heard of, and no-one was anticipating a glut of fresh faces pitching up for the Colney fitness tests on day one.
I suspect there will be a few more, it may only be a couple, but those who do arrive I can virtually guarantee will fit the template, just in the same way that Patrick Roberts and Josip Drmic have.
The bulk of the media are still to catch on of course, as evidenced by the constant links that keep popping up in the tabloids linking us to the likes of Simon Mignolet and Joe Hart, and we await more comments around our squad lacking in the necessary quality to prolong its stay in the Premier League.
But, as Webber so eloquently put it when speaking at the Training Ground Guru’s Youth Development Conference, “We have to be strong and ignore the noise when the pressure comes on”. Because it will, and when it does it will be neither encouraging nor complimentary.
Comfortingly, the chartered path will remain unaltered and the very things that took us to the top of the Championship and beyond will remain at the core of our quest to remain a Premier League club for more than a single season.
That we haven’t conformed and haven’t relied on deep pockets to try and achieve this, sits uncomfortably with the establishment, who perceive the spend, spend, spend theory to be the only way.
Ultimately, they may be proved right, but even if they are it will not be for the want of trying.
And, also as Webber states in the Training Ground Guru piece, if the worst were to happen and we fail to achieve 17th place or better, then we will remain in fantastic shape both on and off the field.
The other thing to say is that the club’s frugal approach to putting together a squad has so far not compromised its quality one bit. Such has been Webber’s innovative approach, this squad is not short of proficient technicians who will be comfortable in the rarified air of the Premier League.
That also, of course, applies to our two new faces and any that will follow, and is all part of the reason why this June has been more Kenny McLean on the balcony than Paul Lambert in the opposition dugout. We trust those in charge and know that the approach is measured and calculated with not a scattergun in sight.
I have to confess to knowing not that much about Josip Drmic other than that he’s a Swiss international who had one particularly impressive season but has been a little underwhelming over the last few. A closer look though reveals a player who has hit a Leitner/Trybull type buffer in his career but who, with the right coaching and management, looks ready to step off that plateau and rejoin the upward curve.
He certainly arrives having ticked plenty of Webber-type boxes and is definitely one with a point to prove.
So, let’s save any pent up angst for the England cricket team and continue to trust in the Webber/Farke axis to deliver us a squad that will surprise more than a few.