Norwich City have long claimed not to like doing deals late in any given transfer window, and we’ve consistently heard this mantra from Paul Lambert to David Wagner, with both Alex Neil and Daniel Farke pretty much riding the same train too.
Dean Smith had a couple of windows too, but these I seem to recall involving a mish-mash of injured players and loans of the most unfortunate type, so excuse me for referencing the likes of Isaac Hayden, Marqinhos, and the doyen of the quick and totally unexpected recovery that was Aaron Ramsey and getting off the topic with marked alacrity.
We found ourselves in the strange position last Friday evening that with three hours to go, we had agreed to sell Andrew Omobamidele to Steve Cooper’s Forest and loan in South Korean international Hwang Ui-jo from the same club, whilst moving on to get Sunderland centre-back Danny Batth in on a free to set the butterflies really racing for those who get their kicks from stories originating in takeaway chain car parks.
All three deals were completed on time with the gift of an official time extension in the case of Batth and that was that. We even attracted some national media coverage for a while.
So what did Posse members, Alex Bain and Bernie Owen make of the window as a whole?
Yesterday Gary’s article on all things Attannasio drew lots of interest from our readers, so we’re going to stick to the straight and narrow of the transfer window in this particular piece.
Our previous Posse article saw things getting a bit fruity, so just to spell it out in tablets of stone:
Alex knows his opinions found a few naysayers last time out, so to save repetition in the comments section I’m putting my size nines in early doors and saying these are his opinions and he is fully entitled to them, just as every single MFW reader is equally entitled to express theirs – in fact, we love your comments, as you well know by now!
My role here covers editing language and style, but stops right there too as I do not edit opinion. MFW editor Gary wouldn’t have it any other way
Tell us what you reckon, Alex…
“Early doors we seemed to have completed most of the transfer business only spending about £3 million on fees.
“So far the ones that arrived early have settled in and the club has had a good start, now it’s getting the two later arrivals up to Wagner’s fitness levels and bedded into his system.
“Andrew Omobamidele departing so late in the window does leave a sour taste but I suppose we all expected it. Whether the fee was £11m or £20m none of it went towards recruitment.
“Max Aarons and Milot Rashica similarly went mid window but again the money looks to have gone towards either the club’s running costs or a big black hole called £60m debt.
“Lastly there were a few recruits for the Academy that all come with potential – let’s hope we see some of the results in years to come.
“Will this be the end of Mr Webber and see a new Sporting Director appear over the horizon?
“If that’s the case then I will say thanks for the memories of two great promotions followed by two terrible relegations and you just might get praise for attracting these new recruits if their progress helps take us to a top-six finish.”
And it’s over to a whimsical Bernie…
“We started with a flurry of free transfers out. Bye guys you know who you are. Teemu Pukki you go with our love, but Kieran Dowell, well if you reckon you’re League One standard go to Rangers to sit on their bench.
“There were the usual releases and free transfers to get the higher-paid off the payroll.
“Early incoming, well done the recruitment guys, there were free transfers by the bucketload. Barnes, Sainz, Duffy and Stacey. But I guess we pay them well. It’s the old free transfer rodeo – no fee but a good wage.
“Then there were reports of moths seen hovering around the Carra as the purse strings were released and a chunk of moolah brought Christian Fassnacht in. Don’t worry, Max Aarons was sold to cover that and then some, and before you could open that box of Turkish Delight, Milot Rashica had joined Galatasaray, er no, make that Besiktas.
“Tim Krul you go with our blessings, you owe us nothing, and good luck.
“So far so good, no need to sell or buy anyone else, and then Sarge knackers his ankle. I thought we could juggle up front and not buy as whoever comes in will have Sarge wanting his place back by November.
“Twas not to be. In comes Hwang, 31 years old and never played a game in the UK, even though he came to us from Forest. Ok, he played one more game than Sarge in the 2022 World Cup finals.
“Then a rumour becoming fact that Andy Omobamidele is off to Forest for £11m to £20m, depending on your source, and we replace him with a 32-year-old tin bath! [Don’t you start Bernie, his name is Danny – Martin]
“Until the final day of the window, we had done well, but yeah but no but…
“I’m not impressed about the incomings on the final day.”
Just as we were breaking out the spaghetti hoops [we don’t eat beans anymore, it’s a long story], Cutty rode up and asked us a question.
“I don‘t know what music Marty will choose to accompany this piece but sticking to the transfer window I suggest The Ride Of The Valkyries from that long-lost third cousin of David’s, Richard Wagner. [No chance mate, it’s Led Zep – Martin].
“The last two in have yet to kick a ball for us so are untainted by Saturday‘s fiasco. But they look on paper to be an excellent fit. Wagner‘s revival of a goal-hungry squad l think is back on the cards. If Webber‘s transfer swan song has secured the right players on next to no money he‘ll be entitled to give us a two-fingered salute when he gallops off to Valhalla.
“Football is a funny old game.”
For me, it’s a good window from Webber
For what it’s worth I would say the window was a bit more impressive than the other guys seem to reckon.
I can see the wisdom in Batth, as for just one season the age factor becomes far less important. We simply had to get a body in there to replace Omobamidele and given that type of notice, not many Sporting Directors would not have pulled a time-served Championship player out of the hat in the way that Stuart Webber did by moving a notch or two down his list of centre-back targets to make sure there was somebody decent available to us at scant notice. Things got pretty close to the edge, time-wise.
*** Maybe we should play this as the walk-out music against Stoke on September 16 as not only does it sum up our thoughts during most transfer windows it is also guaranteed the players are awake from the get-go against Alex Neil’s unpredictable Potters: