Now that this season of discontent has ended in ignominy for Norwich City, all we can sensibly do is focus on 2022-23.
I have no idea what might or might not happen during the summer transfer window, although I could make a few shrewd pessimistic guesses, so I thought I’d leave matters in the hands of mi regular MFW posse to proffer their thoughts on how Messrs Webber and Smith [Dean] might proceed with the jolly old wheeling and dealing.
First up is Alex A, who says:
I’d like one of the promoted clubs to tempt Teemu Pukki. I’d love to see how many goals he could plunder coming on as a sub for the last 20-25 minutes with a team who can give him opportunities to score against the likes of a tiring Harry Maguire!
We have enough goalkeepers, so I’ll concentrate on the rest of the team.
Full-back – We have Bali Mumba and Sam Byram and I think Dimi Giannoulis still has another year on his contract. Sean Stewart in the Under-23s looks promising and there may be others who can step up. Ideally, two signings needed.
Centre-back – I’d like Grant Hanley to stay, but I’d like our previous GH (aka Grant Holt) to give him words of advice on being captain. I quite expect both Zimbo and Ben Gibson to stay. I hope Andrew Omobamidele recovers from his injury and is able to play regularly. I’d still like at least one further centre-back.
Midfield – We must try to sign a quality defensive midfielder and failing to do so would be unforgivable. If Milot Rashica, Przemysław Placheta, Christos Tzolis, Kieran Dowell and Jacob Sorensen all stay, then that is the nucleus of a decent midfield, while Flynn Clarke in the Under-23s looks promising. As for Dean Smith’s *favourite player*, Kenny McLean, I’d prefer to see him used as a sub. Sorensen should be starting ahead of him. Overall, I’m fairly happy with the midfield options.
Striker – If Teemu Pukki is lured elsewhere, we could be in real trouble. Hopefully, Adam Idah will recover from his injuries and have a fairly injury-free season. Abu Kamara and at least one of the Under-23s could make the step up, but if we can’t sign a good quality striker, we are really going to struggle. Trouble is – good strikers cost big money.
Alex B looks at it like this:
People will shout *why was Reece McAlear not given a chance?* Sadly, unless he signs for an English club then City get no compensation as moves to Scottish clubs are classed as an international transfer.
Gibson could provide some incoming funds if uncle Steve can convince Chris Wilder to take him on and Giannoulis could land up in either Spain or Italy, depending on which paper you read.
Max Aarons could be off to any number of clubs, both home and overseas.
I’m not sure if Todd Cantwell has burnt his bridges at City but can the manager turn him into the player we know he could be? Or will an offer come in that the club takes just to get him off the books?
City have recently been “linked” in the media to the following:
- Ayoub Assal of AFC Wimbledon.
- Young goalkeeper Michael Cooper from Plymouth Argyle.
- Jean-Paul Boetius of Mainz on a free.
- Dimitri Cavare who played for Barnsley but is now at Sion.
- Giovane – an 18-year-old striker from Brazil.
Only one of those has any real pedigree, as in Cooper, and I don’t think our management has the ability to make silk purses out of sows’ ears for the rest.
Loans in? For obvious reasons, it appears Aston Villa could be the go-to destination.
Can we expect wholesale changes? Well, that will depend on departures and fees received.
Cutty appears to be quite philosophical:
The Webber/Farke transfer scenarios are due for a rethink and I would guess that with Webber off up a mountain, Messrs Smith and Shakespeare will have a big say and look to bring in players known to them.
There should be an emphasis on experience rather than untried hopefuls and money‘s tight as usual, so a couple of sales out, a couple in and maybe a couple of loans with an option to buy. I‘m not going to play a guessing game with names but we‘ve got some lightweight players and we need lads who can stand up to the rough and tumble of the Championship with a mixture of possession football ability and steel.
It’s now time for S&S to show their mettle. Diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks. I do believe they can make a positive difference.
Bernie Owen is his usual mixture of light and shade:
It’s odd that I’ve got a few things to throw out of the window, but I am not holding much hope of items coming in through said window.
Rumours are flying around that Deano will raid Aston Villa for some younger fringe players such as Kienan Davies, a 24-year-old striker with 11 senior goals in 106 games. Please, no that’s a Josh Sargent strike rate. Another mentioned is Philogene-Bidace, a left-winger. We have a surfeit of left-footed wingers and need a right one in more ways than one.
The wish list is looking like it was last summer, a decent defensive midfielder to play alongside Sorensen, a proven central attacking midfielder with an eye for goal and a striker capable of getting half the goals Pukki has scored in the Championship.
Our squad doesn’t look too bad for Championship football, so sensible investment in three quality players would be good – and don’t spend all the spare change on prospects for the Under-23s this season.
What I am really wanting to throw out of the window is the Board.
Well, thanks to mi posse – they’ll be back near the end of the window to consider what actually transpired.
I’ll leave you with this from the days when Queen were still basically a hard rock band with extras. I was actually at the Hammy O that Christmas Eve when this clip was recorded. They were simply wonderful in those days and this song [particularly the lyrics] encapsulates my current view of NCFC in general and the forthcoming transfer window in particular.