Norwich City did excellent business in the January transfer window
It seems that some fans will never be happy; judging by what has been on the various social media channels recently. Norwich City did their transfer business in a very dignified manner. They managed to secure reinforcements, but didn’t need to sell the soul of the club in order to do so.
Fans wanted strikers to be added in order to offer some much-needed support for Grant Holt. However, as ever, expectations were raised to unreasonable levels and some supporters lost all sense of perspective. The fact of the matter is that Chris Hughton and David McNally sat down and decided what they really needed and what they would quite like if the price was right.
The need very much came up-front, and they secured two superb deals without a lot of cash changing hands. It appears Kei Kamara is coming in as a bit of an unknown quantity after impressing in the MLS. This could well be exactly what Norwich City need, because he is the sort of player that most Premier League teams won’t know a lot about.
Therefore, it could prove to be a turn of genius from Hughton, I also think it shows how wide the scouting network at the club currently is. When the speculation first came about, I understandably thought that it would be an immediate permanent deal. However, the Norwich boss has been clever by bringing him on a loan deal initially.
What this means is he is able to have a real good look at him and decide if he offers a long-term solution or not. However, I do fully expect the deal to become permanent during the summer and Kamara to be a lot better than most fans are expecting.
Luciano Becchio is another very good signing, here is a player that has already scored 15 Championship goals this season. I think he will prove to be another excellent addition to those that have signed from Leeds United. And quite possibly the solution to taking care of any of those lingering goal-scoring issues we might have.
There was also rumored bids for Curtis Davies and Gary Hooper, and it was almost as if fans were expected a new signing to come in for eight or nine million. As a fan myself, I certainly understand why it’s exciting to see this kind of signing. However, it’s important to remember that the club isn’t in the sort of desperate situation where they need to spend crazy money.
It’s obvious from the bids that the interest in Hooper was strong, but it’s also clear that McNally wasn’t prepared to break the bank just to get the deal done. Supporters see it as a missed opportunity at the moment, but sometimes it’s better to walk away. The club has certainly done this before and have often gone back to get the player for a much cheaper valuation.
It certainly wouldn’t surprise me if that proves to be the case again in the summer. Davies is another player that would be a fine addition to the squad, but Birmingham City were clearly in no mood to sell at the last minute, so we will look at that again during the summer.
Overall, the club have done what they set out to do and not been tempted into a situation of panic buying. The performance in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night showed that the squad is in pretty good shape.
The additions of Lee Camp, Becchio and Kamara will give the squad that little boost it needs. As Hughton said we only needed to tweak the squad, and that is exactly what we have managed to do. The real business of bringing in quality can be done during the summer. Therefore, McNally and Hughton have done some excellent business and played the transfer window like a dream.