As we near the cusp of transfer silly season, where agents leak all sorts of rumours to try and push a deal for their clients, we also enter the time of year where fans nervously glance over the back pages dreading the article that says their star player has left the club.
As fantastic as the end of the season was, City clearly need to strengthen if they want to put in a good account of themselves in their return to top flight football.
I am confident the majority of fans would agree that, for starters, our defence is not up to Premier League standard.
The issue is less in terms of the starting line-up, who for the majority of games towards the end of last season engineered some outstanding performances, but more with regard to the depth of the squad, which doesn’t possess the necessary strength to compete at the highest level.
One of the key elements to a successful season is managing your squad through injuries, knocks, strains and suspensions and with our current set-up I would fear any game against a top ten side if we were without one of our usual full-backs.
This is one of the first areas I would expect the club to strengthen and hopefully early on in the window so they can begin to embed themselves within the squad before preseason.
Over the past few days I have read that we have been linked with Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk. Could this be a sign that Russell Martin is to be pushed out to right back with Steven Whittaker lined up as his replacement?
Our midfield is currently our strongest area and, based on the assumption that we won’t sell any of our players, does not need to be strengthened unless an absolute bargain presents itself.
I imagine players like Nathan Redmond will attract attention from some of the mid-table teams but hopefully David McNally will stick to his word and hold on to our star assets.
One of the interesting situations in the Norwich camp this summer is the future of Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Just two years ago he was seen as the player who was going to spearhead the City strike-force and drive them from a team constantly battling for safety to an established Premier League club under the guidance of one Chris Hughton.
Now, he has been sent back from St. Etienne who clearly didn’t see him worthy of a contract. Will Alex Neil see him as a project and aim to bring success out of him?
Whilst it is very easy to say “we need a new striker”, one of the important factors in this is how Norwich will line up.
The signing of Youssouf Mulumbu may be a sign that AN will look to employ a 4-2-3-1 with either Johnson or a new defensive midfielder supporting Tettey.
If this is the case we already have a bloated number of first-team strikers with Cameron Jerome, Lewis Grabban, Kyle Lafferty, Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel all vying for a place in the side.
I wouldn’t be sad to see Grabban and Lafferty sold on because to me they are not players that exude Premier League quality every time they grace the pitch. I would however, be happy to see us retain the remaining three and add a proven top level goal-scorer.
The transfer window will always be a period of mass speculation, glimmers of hope and moments of disappointment but the measurement of success will only be the points accrued between August and May.
Norwich have never had a better chance than now to build a squad capable of solidifying Premier League status and a chance to build a squad that teams in the league will dread playing.
The team have done their bit by earning promotion at the first time of asking, so now Mr McNally.. it’s over to you.